"Notes on a Scandal" directed by Richard Eyre [review]
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Notes on a Scandal, adapted from Zoe Heller’s novel by the talented Patrick Marber (who wrote the bleakly brilliant Closer, which played a couple of years ago) is a dark and haunting fable about obsession and cruelty within human relationships. The subject matter is indeed somewhat unpleasant, though as with all well-crafted and cleverly written narratives of this kind, the fact that the story itself is forbidding doesn’t mean that the experience of seeing it played out should be. Notes on a Scandal is a slow-burner, and its bleak tale of obsession and compulsion makes for a compelling piece of cinema.