Notes on a Scandal Reviews
Barbara (played by Judi Dench) is a history teacher at a high school.
Old, old-fashioned, curmudgeonly, alone...and lonely. However, a new,
young art teacher, Sheba (played by Cate Blanchett), joins the staff
and they become friends. Barbara then stumbles upon the fact that Sheba
is having an affair with a 15-year old student. Now, what to do with
A great, tense tale of manipulation and obsession. Good twists, none of
which are gratuitous. The villains are not always obvious, and neither
are the heroes...
Great work by Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett in the main roles. Dench
got a Best Leading Actress Oscar nomination for her performance and
Blanchett a Best Supporting Actress nomination (though I would view
them both being in leading roles).
On the negative side - the ending feels a bit subdued after the great
build-up. The ending wasn't bad and does close off the story
adequately, but could have been much better. I was expecting something
more gritty and possibly even shocking after the tension created in the
rest of the movie.