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Notes on a Scandal

Published September 19, 2010

Notes on a Scandal

Film info

  • Title Notes on a Scandal
  • Director Richard Eyre
  • Year 2006
  • Run time 1hr 26m
  • Genres Romance, Drama
  • Tagline One woman's secret is another woman' power

Live Blog

TimeComment
0:58A UK Film Council film. There will be no more of those, I guess.
2:13Imagine looking at a whole school of people and wondering what they will be when they grow up.
4:11“Below the national average but above the level of catastrophe.”
5:21He was in Sherlock!
7:08Surely as a teacher, you need to be able to handle fighting. That’s why I couldn’t do it. Well, one of the many reasons.
10:23People either leave of get pregnant, no other announcements possible.
11:37That’s a big old house she’s got. On a teacher’s salary?
13:07Ah, inheritance.
14:59I like that she is so very judgemental, but likes it really.
21:56That was a student, yes? Not good at all.
25:18I think he’s more creepy than seductive.
29:12They must be freezing.
30:24“You’ve done my brain in.” Is that meant to be a compliment?
37:26Woah, her Christmas is completely manic! How does she cope?
42:48She’s invited him to her little art studio in her back garden? Behind the house where her family are? She deserves to get caught!
48:29She rides her bike recklessly fast with no helmet. Probably not her highest priority right now, but still.
52:43Her marriage doesn’t seem that unhappy. They’re always laughing.
54:11“Takes courage to recognise the real as opposed to the convenient.”
1:00:17Do adults really go to friends and ask if she mentions you? Isn’t that for the playground?
1:06:49Uh oh, the police are there. The cat is well and truly out of the bag.
1:10:27Quite a lot of supermarket placement in this. She was at Tesco earlier, and those were Asda paracetamol.
1:14:09She’s watching her sleep, isn’t she? Ugh.
1:16:20Another supermarket!
1:18:49I was going to say a few minutes ago her eyes were nice but she may have ruined her makeup now.
1:23:29I sense another victim.

Thoughts

Talking to Mr C afterwards, I said that I had never heard of this and wasn’t sure it was a particularly big film until I checked Wikipedia, where I saw it had been up for loads of awards and was a critical hit. Mr C said even he had heard of it. I felt shamed.

This was a lot more psychological than I’d thought it was going to be - a lot more about the control and relationship between Judy and Cate, rather than the relationship with the boy. Which is a good thing, because that is a lot more interesting than a silly scandal. Also, it was based on a book which is now added to my Kindle wish list.

Rating: 3 / 5

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