Notes on a Scandal
This riveting film stars Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett, both of whom give bravura performances. The screenplay by Patrick Marber is tremendous as well. The film presents a disturbing psychological drama that gives new meaning to the word "friendship". Dench's portrayal of an older friend to the younger Blanchett is blistering in its' intensity, while Blanchett is successful in portraying a young woman who, somewhat inexplicably considering her dazzling beauty, is compromised by an affair with an underage student. The difficulties which ensue are complex and you will cringe at the final scene. This will make my best ten list for the current season.