notes on a scandal

This snapshot of interpersonal relationships between women is a swiftly moving and tightly crafted story flawlessly acted by Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, that sometimes feels almost like a thriller. Cate is a bourgeous artist, slightly over her head as an art teacher at a lower class school. She is befriended by Judi Dench, an almost retired teacher, who when she learns of Cate’s character’s indiscretions with a 15-year old student uses it to her advantage to practically trap the other woman in friendship. While we do take slight issue with the “evil lesbian crone” stereotype, Dame Dench plays her with such aplomb we’ll overlook it. [UK, 2006]

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