Notes on A Scandal

Notes on A Scandal

DVD - 2007
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Barbara is a cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. Her only means of taking the edge off her desperate loneliness is writing in her journal. Sheba is a younger, attractive woman, who joins the faculty as an art teacher. Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say in her diary. Barbara finds herself reaching out to Sheba. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband and their two children. Later, when Barbara discovers that Sheba is having a sexual relationship with a 15-year old student, Barbara realizes that knowledge of this secret gives her power over Sheba which she can use for her own purposes. Sheba becomes uneasy with Barbara's friendship. The tenuous relationship between the two women reaches a crisis point when Barbara's cat is dying and she asks Sheba to go with her to the vet. Sheba chooses to go with her family to see their son in a play instead. In revenge, Barbara sets in motion the scandal that will rock both their lives in ways they never imagined.


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Jul 12, 2018

Directed by Richard Eyre in 2006 and adapted from the 2003 novel of the same name by Zoë Heller, this British psychological thriller delves into the minds of two peculiar, if not abnormal, emotionally and intelligently unstable women---young and elderly.
I love the explosive acting of Judy Dench and Cate Blanchett.
It turns out to be an intense and unintendedly funny flick.

Jul 04, 2018

Cate Blanchett is amazing and Judi Dench delivers her greatest performance to date in this very cruel tale that explores the crippling effects of loneliness and the desperate measures some people take in order to feel connected with another human being.  Both Miss Covett and Mrs. Hart (note the names) suffer from an aching emptiness in their lives, and both try to fill that void by feeding off others.  When their paths eventually cross the results are both tragic and irreversible.  Eyre keeps the tension high with tight claustrophobic close-ups and a pounding score by Philip Glass while the actors wring every emotional nuance out of a very clever script.  Simply brilliant.

Nov 21, 2017

Really enjoyed this one, How people can be manipulated, sad.
Great acting .

Sep 02, 2017

Judy Dench, Cate Blanchett and Bill Nightly are fantastic actors. Very interesting movie, Judy Dench's performance evokes a lot of emotions, none of them very nice. This is not just a story of a very dysfunctional family but of evil where you would least expect to find it. I found the 15 year old to be extremely manipulative, for the age of 15 he used seduction, affection and then withdrawal of affection to reach his own personal goal!

Mar 28, 2017

I actually liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would.
Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett were perfectly cast for these roles. Takes a topic that may come across as cliche and shallow and turns it into a rather interesting journey, thanks also to a well written script. I could definitely see myself going back to this again in the future.
FYI, not for kids

Dec 27, 2015

Very interesting story about female relationships and betrayal. Never seen Judi Dench in a role like this. WOW!

Dec 22, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling psychological drama and the performances by Judi Dench and Kate Blanchett were superb.

Aug 06, 2014

The subject matter is enough to say this isa terrible movie. However, the acting is great, the story is well written and the vocabulary is excellent (lots of thought put into it). Like someone else said, I can’t recommend this movie but for what it is, it’s a good movie.

May 25, 2014

Very good. Judi Dench and Kat Blanchett are both Fantastic in their parts.

Jul 31, 2011

This is a very suspenseful character study. It's not perfect, but the acting is superb and story development (and character development for that matter) is gripping. This is very close to being a must see, and although it could have been a little better it still won't leave with a feeling of disappointment.

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Jul 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jul 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Jul 31, 2011

Sheba Hart: I hadn't been pursued like this for years... I knew it was wrong, and immoral, and completely ridiculous, but, I don't know. I just allowed it to happen.
Barbara Covett: The boy is fifteen!
Sheba Hart: But he's quite mature for his age!

Jul 31, 2011

Barbara Covett: Here come the local pubescent proles. The future plumbers, shop assistants, and doubtless the odd terrorist too. In the old days, we confiscated cigarettes and wank mags. Now it's knives and crack cocaine. And they call it progress.

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Jul 31, 2011

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Jul 31, 2011

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.

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