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Notes on a Scandal

Rating:R (for language and some aberrant sexual content)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 26, 2007
Running time:98 minutes
Cast:Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Andrew Simpson, Phil Davis
Director:Richard Eyre
Producer:Scott Rudin, Robert Fox
Writer:Patrick Marber, Zoe Heller
Distributor:Fox Searchlight Pictures

Description: Two women, caught up in a drama of need and betrayal, are at the heart of the psychological thriller "Notes on a Scandal." The twists and turns of the story are noted in the acerbic diary of Barbara Covett, a domineering and solitary teacher who rules with an iron fist over her classroom at a decaying state-run secondary school in London. Save for her cat, Portia, Barbara lives alone, without friends or confidantes--but her world changes when she meets the school's new art teacher, Sheba Hart. Sheba appears to be the kindred spirit and loyal friend Barbara has always been seeking. But, when she discovers that Sheba is having an incendiary affair with one of her young students, their budding relationship takes an ominous turn. Now, as Barbara threatens to expose Sheba's terrible secret to both her husband and the world, Barbara's own secrets and dark obsessions come tumbling to the fore, exposing the deceptions at the core of each of the women's lives.

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