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Notes on a Scandal

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Source: Catholic News Service

Lurid but skillful melodrama set in England about a lonely history teacher (Judi Dench) whose unhealthy interest in an attractive younger art teacher (Cate Blanchett) leads her to help conceal the latter's reprehensible affair with a determined 15-year-old student (Andrew Simpson) in the hope of fostering the woman's dependence on her. Richard Eyre directs playwright Patrick Marber's adaptation of Zoe Heller's award-winning book with Hitchcockian flair, while taking care not to glamorize the seamier plot elements. Though Dench is a manipulative villain, she skillfully delineates her character's sense of isolation. The themes may rule out the film for many, but for those who approach the plot as the astute psychological thriller it is, they'll appreciate two actresses at the top of their game. Some rough, crude and profane language, domestic violence, adulterous affair with underage boy including some kissing, innuendo and obsession. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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