Thursday, October 05, 2006

Sleeping With a 15 Year Old Boy -- Not So Scandalous If You're A Woman

A new British film stars Judi Dench as a schoolteacher who finds out her colleague Cate Blanchett is sleeping with a 15 year old male student...and uses that info to try and steam up THEIR friendship. Actually, this is quite a nice portrait of the tart, amusing Dench.

4 comments:

Ed Sikov said...

Ah, but it *is* scandalous. That's the point of the wonderful novel by Zoe Heller on which this film is based. Zoe Heller, by the way, is the daughter of Lukas Heller, who wrote the script for WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?, among other films.

Michael in New York said...

Wonderful? I'll have to check it out. If you read the article, Dame Judi is slightly annoyed that the film amps up her character's lesbian desires (in the book, apparently the most she hopes for is a "roomie"). But of course the other teacher is played by Cate Blanchett and that would amp up anyone's desires.

Ed Sikov said...

Dame Judi's character in the book is hilariously unaware of her own dykiness, which is precisely what fuels her obsession with the Cate character. And yes, it's a truly wonderful book - the laugh-out-loud kind.

Michael in New York said...

No wonder Judi is annoyed at the changes in the movie - it ruins the complexity of her character and makes her more of an obvious villain, I imagine.