Notes on a Scandal

"One woman's secret is another woman's power. One woman's fear is another woman's weapon. One woman's life is in another woman's hands...."

Notes on a Scandal is a school drama film about an older woman's obsession with a younger woman and the lengths the older woman will go to have the younger woman all to herself. Barbara Covett(Judi Dench) is a teacher and leads a quiet life until one day a younger teacher Sheba Hart(Cate Blanchett) starts teaching at the same school. Barbara becomes infatuated with her, spending time with her, and eventually wanting to spend the rest of her life with her.

Barbara is shattered when she finds out that Sheba is having an affair with a student at the school, but quickly recovers. Seeing this as an opportunity of blackmail and a personal form of revenge, Barbara further manipulates Sheba by making her choose her over her family. This further destroys Sheba's relationship with her husband and children. They are unaware of the affair until one day when Barbara goes too far.

Sheba does not come over to console her when her cat died, Barbara begins to spread the word of the affair to another teacher who runs with it. Within days everyone including the school and the media knows of the affair. Sheba is kicked out of her home, is fired from the school, and decides to move in with Barbara. This is what she wanted all along, is to have Sheba all to herself.

Sheba discovers Barbara's careful plans from her diary and in a fit of rage heads out to the mob of media trying to give them the diary. She is rescued by the crush of the media by Barbara. Sheba tells her that all she wanted was to be friends and Barbara wanted more than that. Done dealing with Barbara, Sheba leaves and returns back to her family never to speak to her again.

Sheba is convicted of the affair and is sentenced to 10 months in jail. Some time later in a different school, Barbara is befriending another woman.

R
| 2006 | 1 hr 38 min | 7.4/10
Cast
Studio
Director
Richard Eyre
Language
English
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