A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
|Release Date||:||December 25, 2006|
|Production Company||:||Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, DNA Films, BBC Films, Ingenious Film Partners, UK Film Council|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Writers||:||Patrick Marber, Zoe Heller|
|Casts||:||Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy, Juno Temple, Max Lewis, Andrew Simpson, Michael Maloney, Joanna Scanlan, Shaun Parkes, Emma Kennedy, Syreeta Kumar, Wendy Nottingham, Jill Baker, Alice Bird, Benedict Taylor, Stephen Kennedy, Derbhle Crotty, Anne-Marie Duff, Phil Davis, Julia McKenzie, Adrian Scarborough, Jill Baker, Miranda Pleasence|
|Plot Keywords||:||sex, adultery, based on novel, cat, infidelity, secret, obsession, blackmail, nudity, seduction, studio, friendship, love, loneliness, teacher, conservative, student, teen, relationship, art, extramarital affair, journal|
Without a doubt this year's Academy Awards will be a show to watch. You may want to turn the spot lights to the "BEST ACTRESS IN LEADING ROLE" nomination, because if you saw "The Queen" and loved Helen Mirren, you ain't seen nothing' yet. Go watch "Notes on a Scandal" with Dame Judi Dench at helm, and make sure to bring your casket with you, because you may die of watching a movie that good.
Years ago I went to see a play in a theater. At some point in the show, the grandmother character had to sweep the floor and when she was done, she looked around to make sure nobody was looking and threw the dirt under the carpet. Everyone in the audience laughed. Later I learned that in theater "language" it also may mean that there are hidden secrets in that family.
The director Richard Eyre,who is known mostly for his theater/Broadway work, seems to build this amazing film based on that little theater shtick, and fills the film with the darkness under the carpet, puts us right there and makes us face that dirt. The characters of the young teacher played by Cate Blanchett and older teacher played by M. Judi Dench are impeccable and you can't take your eyes off them. I, personally, think that Dench's performance is one of the finest I have ever seen.
I wouldn't want to spoil the movie for you and give out details, however if you are looking for watching a powerful drama that will shock and thrill and move you with its message, execution and the story, please read no further. Stand up, get dressed and go to see "Notes on a Scandal" right now.