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Notes on a Scandal (2006)

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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.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Patrick Marber (screenplay), Zoë Heller (novel) (as Zoe Heller)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Barbara Covett
Cate Blanchett ... Sheba Hart
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Ted Mawson
Michael Maloney ... Sandy Pabblem
Joanna Scanlan ... Sue Hodge
Shaun Parkes ... Bill Rumer
Emma Kennedy ... Linda
Syreeta Kumar Syreeta Kumar ... Gita
Andrew Simpson ... Steven Connolly
Phil Davis ... Brian Bangs
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Elaine Clifford
Tameka Empson Tameka Empson ... Antonia Robinson
Leon Skinner Leon Skinner ... Davis
Bill Nighy ... Richard Hart
Juno Temple ... Polly Hart
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Storyline

The bitter, cynical and lonely Barbara Covett is a tough and conservative teacher, near to retirement, who is loathed by her colleagues and students. In the loneliness of her apartment, she spends her spare time writing her journal, taking care of her old cat Portia and missing her special friend Jennifer Dodd. When Sheba Hart joins the high-school as the new art teacher, Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing sharp and unpleasant comments about her behavior and clothes. When Barbara helps Sheba in a difficult situation with two students, the grateful Sheba invites her to have lunch with her family. Sheba introduces her husband and former professor Richard Hart, who is about twenty years older than she; her rebellious teenager daughter Polly; and her son Ben that has Down's Syndrome. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with the fifteen year-old student Steven Connolly, Barbara sees the chance to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Loneliness can turn one into a monster. See more »


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Rated R for language and some aberrant sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escándalo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$414,487, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$17,510,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,752,391
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench and Anne-Marie Duff have all played Queen Elizabeth I: Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), Dench in Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Duff in The Virgin Queen (2005). See more »

Goofs

Steven is stated as being fifteen years old and in Year 10. Pupils become fifteen during Year 10 (except in exceptional circumstances). Later in the film, Sheba states that he is going to be sixteen in May, i.e. he was already fifteen before entering Year 10. See more »

Quotes

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Barbara Covett: [voiceover of Barbara writing in her diary] People trust me with their secrets. But who do I trust with mine? You, only you.
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Written by Toots Hibbert (as Frederick Hibbert)
Performed by Toots & The Maytals (as Toots and the Maytals)
Produced by Leslie Kong
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The Brits and an Aussie outdo US with "Notes on a Scandal"
30 December 2006 | by EPDirectorSee all my reviews

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.

9/10


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