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Notes On A Scandal

Featuring: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett & Bill Nighy

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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  Notes On A Scandal...

| | See all blayboy's reviews (447)

*NOAS (Notes On A Scandal) stars Judi Dench, an aging teacher called Barbara who befriends a younger teacher Sheba. Sheba has an affair and when Barbara finds out she exploits the situation for her own dark needs! The whole time recording it in her journal.
*NOAS is a very stylish and well made film. It has a feel of a BBC production. Having watched it i didn't mind it but should imagine NOAS would be more popular with woman viewers.

  Worth all the plaudits

| | See all Stockholmsyndrome's reviews (108)

A mesmerizing film with outstanding performances by Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. They work so well together and so great to see Judi Dench play "out of character". Two great actors of our day. And by the way Cate Blanchett is Australian and not British as one reviewer seemed to think. I just thought that was important to point out and how she can change her accent so easily to still give a great performance.

  Excellent performances

| | See all DollyP73's reviews (29)

I was blown away by Dame Judi Dench in this film. Usually the reliable, soft hearted, maternal figure she plays completely against type...and nails it!

Dame Judi plays a teacher who's slow burning infatuation with fellow teacher Blanchett (also brilliant) turns nasty when she discovers that Blanchett's character has embarked on an affair with a young pupil. As the older teachers jealousy becomes too much to bear she tries to ruin Blanchetts life, hoping she will turn to her for comfort, and quite possibly more.

Rivetting stuff that questions how much people are actually prepared to lose to protect their reputation. Dame Judi's scathing diary entries throughout only enhance the tension. Buy it!

  Mesmerising

| | See all misslemon's reviews (10)

This film has to go down in history as one of the most gripping films of all time! It has everything you could possibly want, a brilliant storyline, fantastic actors and a script to die for. Notes on a Scandal tells the chilling tale of how admiration can turn to obsession, and how one person's choices can affect others. Judi Dench is simply mesmerising as Barbara, an elderly spinster and history teacher who develops an admiration for new art teacher Sheba (played perfectly by the always brilliant Cate Blanchett) which quickly spirals out of control. The result is a remarkable cocktail of suspense, realism and deception which grips you from beginning to end. Worth watching just for the acting alone - an absolute gem of a film, and while its subject is difficult to take in, its almost impossible to tear your eyes away. British realism at its best!

  Superb

| | See all DiamondsAreForever's reviews (459)

I saw the good reviews for this one on here and thought, ok, I'll give it a go. I was captivated from the word go, really. Its dark, intense and gripping throughout. The acting is superb. I know it was Oscar nominated, but why didn't they win?! Its FANTASTIC! Worth every penny.

  Superb acting and Brilliant storyline

| | See all seanpaulm's reviews (3)

Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett work beautifully well in this gripping movie....the storyline is amazing (teacher falls for pupil, other teacher blackmails, loving husband finds out, press find out) and the character played by Judi Dench is mesmerising!
A fantastic film that I would watch again...perfect for a night in with a bottle of wine!

  TOP CLASS ACTING

| | See all Charlie2810's reviews (129)

What a treat to watch two of the best actors of our time in the same movie! Judy Dench is an international treasure; Cate Blanchett never looked better or created a more compelling character in any of her other movies.

A superlative creator of character. "Notes from a Scandal" tells us a lot about the "British" penchant for relishing "scandals" (they invented the tabloid press) and also about the odd, intersecting relationships that have become a nearly commonplace reality in the contemporary world. Both Blanchett and Dench (as Sheba and Barbara) teach at the same Islington secondary school. And both, in very different ways, embark on "inappropriate" relationships that create turmoil in their lives and the lives of their community.

Judy Dench conveys the desperate loneliness of her character's life and a remarkable scene of her smoking a cigarette in a bathtub conveys the distinction between her kind of loneliness--an older, unattractive, single woman with no real connections in life--and the more endurable kinds of loneliness that many of us share.

This is a gripping film that moves crisply from one scene to the next, missing only a very few beats along the way. A must see

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  Unmissable

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When i herd about this film i didnt think it would be any good. Once i started watching i just couldnt stop! This is a clever and well made british film. Its unmissable.

  Worth a watch!

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Gripping! All the way through you want to know what is going to happen, unanswered questions about judi dench's character that keep you guessing! It is a little strange in places and judi dench's performance is strong as always. I agree with the other review, in that if you can't get over the relationship between the teacher and young boy in the plot, it could be unenjoyable. However, the relationship between kate blanchett and judi dench is compelling and the main force in the film.

  ENTERTAINING!!!

| | See all loveplay's reviews (6)

This film is worth a watch, it is very well acted and very entertaining. It is a fabulous take on the psychological thriller and provides an interesting look into relationships between a teacher and her student and a jealous and twisted confidante. Will definetly leave you intrigued.

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