LSC Event Descriptions

May 5 & 6, 2007

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Rated R
92 minutes

Notes on a Scandal (2006)
May 5, 2007 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
May 6, 2007 at 10:00 pm in 26-100

Dame Judi Dench and Kate Blanchett face off with searing performances in this riveting tale of obsession and desire. Based on the novel by Zoe Heller, Notes on a Scandal is the story of Barbara Covett (Dench), a hard-nosed spinster schoolteacher, and her poisonous friendship with fellow teacher Sheba Hart (Blanchett). When the young and beautiful Sheba shows up as the new art instructor, everyone is charmed by her, including the embittered Barbara. Barbara is thrilled when her lonely life is shaken up by Sheba's overtures of friendship, as Sheba invites her to share in family dinners, and opens up to her about her marital troubles and personal longing. Barbara narrates her own feelings of longing to us from her meticulous diaries, and it becomes increasingly clear that her take on the friendship is uncomfortably intense, if not borderline delusional. Things reach a fever pitch when Barbara happens upon Sheba dallying in the art room with a 15-year-old student. She tells Sheba that she must end the affair at once, but decides not to report her to the school, and instead, to use her knowledge of the indiscretion to draw Sheba closer to her, and put her in her debt. But when Barbara's demands on Sheba become too high, things soon unravel, setting off a chain of events that will leave viewers chewing their nails to the quick, but unable to tear their eyes away. []

A sensationally stylish and tense drama. Great performances all round make this a movie to remember.
      -- Mark Adams, Sunday Mirror. Read this review.

2006 Academy Award Nominations: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Adapted Screenplay

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