Fox Searchlight/DNA/UK Film Council/BBC (Scott
Rudin & Robert Fox)
W: Patrick Marber [based on
the novel by Zoë Heller]
DP: Chris Menges
Ed: John Bloom & Antonia Van
Mus: Philip Glass
Judi Dench (Barbara
Covett), Cate Blanchett (Sheba Hart), Bill Nighy (Richard Hart), Andrew Simpson (Steven Connelly), Phil Davis (Brian Bangs), Julia McKenzie
I think this could be Judi Dench's finest
ever performance. She plays a spinsterish, bitter school teacher who forms a friendship with the new art teacher (Cate Blanchett), who is having an immoral (and illegal)
affair with one of the students. Upon the discovery of the illicit affair, she uses emotional blackmail to manipulate her colleague.
This movie is two great actresses in their
element. I don't think Dench has ever been better and I've yet to see Cate Blanchett deliver a poor performance.
It's more of a filmed stage play or ITV
drama than something you might watch at the cinema, but is still an enjoyable piece of work.