In the past I've done a few posts on what film has to say about community. Watching the film Notes on A Scandal what strikes me is that the two main characters Barbara Covett (Judi Dench) and Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett) both long for deep community & affection.
These desires are generally accepted as healthy and good. Yet, both women demonstrate a desire for something good, except they go about getting what they want in ways the are illegal and secretive. In the end they are left feeling more empty in their journey, despite the temporary "gold-star" days that they have.
The MPAA taught me a new word when it rated this film R for "language and some aberrant sexual content." Aberrant is defined as: "straying from the right or normal way."
I wonder if most aberrant sexuality, (even in the form of grotesque torture, as discussed earlier in the week) is just an unfortunate way people find themselves replacing a lack of community & affection.
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