I am of two minds when it comes to Notes on a Scandal and you'll be hearing from both of them. This doubling is not some writers conceit but an appropriate response to a movie that is itself a double act. The poster (previously discussed here) is no lie, suggesting a near fusion of two faces into one, albeit a cubist style face, both angles represented at once. Notes is a double portrait of two surprisingly unlikeable women. They share a profession, a secret, and an awkward power struggle friendship.
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