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February 03, 2007

Notes on a Scandal - 7

In this high drama, Barbara (a very good Judi Dench), an established elementary school teacher, befriends the new teacher Sheba (Cate Blanchett). Pretty normal thing to happen in a school right? You'd think, but this friendship turns into a psychological study of the highest order. As their relationship develops they are further and further entangled. All of the small choices take on massive significance, and the slow moving roller coast of the relationship soon picks up speed as the two women's relationship becomes a game nobody wants to play. Director Richard Eyre (Iris) keeps the tension building to a climatic and crashing ending. A good exploration of the psychology of relationships and human longings and desires.

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