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Notes on a Scandal
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Directed By
Richard Eyre

Written By:
Patrick Marber

Cast:
Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Georgeson, Michael Maloney, Shaun Parkes, Philip Davis, Wendy Nottingham, Bill Nighy, Joanna Scanlan, Juno Temple, Emma Kennedy, Syreeta Kumar, Andrew Simpson, Leon Skinner, Tameka Empson


 
Notes on a Scandal (2006)
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Movie Review by MissMovieFan
June 11th, 2007

***This may contain spoilers***

"Notes on a Scandal" is based on Zoe Heller's 2003 novel about a teacher who has an illicit affair with her 15 year old student and the effect this has on her relationship with a bitter, older teacher who has romantic intentions of her own. Excellent performances all round. The stellar cast includes Judi Dench as the lonely schoolmarm and mentor; Cate Blanchett as the fragile, naive new art teacher looking for a confidant; and Bill Nighy as her droll, self-amused husband. For some, the relationship between Sheba and her student/lover is the most interesting, but for me, the Barbara/Sheba relationship was far more intriguing.

This was the most deliciously wicked, witty and most brutally succinct script I've come across in a long time. Patrick Marber (who also wrote "Closer") did a fantastic job. The clever use of the voice-overs really enhanced the dialogue. "Notes" was beautifully filmed in North London. Philip Glass's score is absolutely brilliant (better than The Illusionist). Good direction as well by Richard Eyre, who worked with Judi Dench before, in "Iris". "Notes" is a powerful drama that will shock, thrill and move you. It is one of the most honest, unflinching looks at loneliness, longing and delusion I have ever seen on the screen. Don't let the horrible trailer or disturbing subject matter deter you. This movie is a must see! I give it 5 stars.

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