Based on the novel by Zoe Heller(short listed for a Booker prize), Notes on a Scandal is a case study in obsessive relationships. A brilliant, salacious and psychologically riveting movie. It is’nt very deep or complex , but it is chilly, mean and gives a very dim view of humanity. Judi Dench the genius that she is , totally justifies her academy award nomination for best actress. She very aptly portrays the character of a cynical, lonely, confused old teacher who often throws herself into a web of obsession trying to finding a “companion”. She is so good that it actually is creepy ! When she comes across the new art teacher in her school(Cate Blanchett) , there starts a misanthropic game of cat and mouse. Cate has done a very promising portrayal of an extremely lonely soul with problematic children and a bland but nice husband.
I rate this movie a 8.5 out of 10.
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