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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

In Amazing, based on novel, film, Recommendation, Review on 10/10/2011 at 8:30 pm

Two of the greatest actresses alive today do their reputations credit and then some in this superb drama. Barbara Covett (Dame Judi Dench) is a seemingly normal, rather stern and somewhat lonely school teacher. When the young and beautiful Sheba Heart (Cate Blanchett) joins the teaching team, she has trouble with some of the more cheeky pupils. Covett comes to her rescue and the two hesitantly become friends, but things aren’t how they seem.

Rarely have I seen two parts, that rely entirely on stupendous acting to make them work, so utterly and compellingly convincing. The story (based on the Zoe Heller novel) smacks you about: being charmed by a character, then despising them and perhaps finally truly understanding them, however doubtful their conduct may have been. It’s simply an amazing work of art.

Notes on a Scandal was nominated for four Academy Awards and won eleven other awards, including two British Independent Film Awards for Best Actress (Judi Dench) and Best Screenplay (Patrick Marber).

 

The trailer contains some spoilers.

 

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