Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Notes on a Sacndal - Film

"One woman's mistake is another woman's opportunity" is the tagline for this film staring Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy. Patrick Marber wrote the screenplay based on the novel by Zoe Heller and it is directed by Richard Eyre. The film is narrated by Barbara (Dench) as new teacher Sheba (Blanchett) joins to Art department at the school where she teaches in the History department. She befriends the new teacher but things become complicated when Barabara catches Sheba in a compromising position with a 15 year old student...

Billed as a drama it is quite dark with definte thriller tendencies enhanced by the sometimes ove dramatic music. The acting is superb with all 3 main actors doing fantasitc jobs. Sometimes the script got a little silly in the dialogue where they took it just a little too far, the subtle aspects worked much better I found. I felt very sorry for Barbara although she does take things way too far, and of course Sheba even though she mostly has herself to blame!

**** out of 5 (it lost one for just going that little bit too far.)