Monday, August 06, 2007

The film club reconvenes

Last night saw the first of the post holiday film evenings; a sparsely attended affair with only Shazzerooneypoos to represent non Millbrooker Towers residents.

We watched the relatively new "Notes On A Scandal" with the always wonderful Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. It's a fairly short film at 89 minutes and none the worse for that; it has been tautly directed and edited which allows the audience to wrestle with the multi layered challenges it raises.

There is a fine supporting cast which reads like a who's who of British acting talent and none of the talent on offer is wasted with the acting kept at the beautifully understated level that (perhaps) the British cinema does best.
The plot is not complex but it raises a number of quite serious and difficult issues; tackling underage sex, obsessive psychosis, marital breakdown etc etc. It all sounds dreadfully worthy and gritty, but it's actually both funny and thoroughly edge-of-your-seat gripping by turns.
The critics loved it when it got its theatrical release, and I have to agree with them. A fine piece of cinema and well worth investing an hour and half of your time to watch it.

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