the jubilant cruelty of Stephen Frears

« C’is the story of a liar and a dreamer but I don’t know who is who. “ Here’s how a lawyer sums up the lawsuit between former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott. The case made headlines in England in the late 1970s. The MP, twice married and the father of a boy, was accused of sponsoring the murder of his former lover, who had him sing. A Very English Scandal, adapted from John Preston’s book for the BBC, traces the chain of events with biting humor.

Both characters are both funny and pathetic. Jeremy Thorpe, encamped by an odious Hugh Grant, possesses the arrogance of the powerful who believe themselves above the law as well as morality. Ben Whishaw, who plays Norman Scott, is moving as a young man with fragile mental health. Shy and mythomaniac, this former groom will not stop inventing a prestigious ancestry and will be intoxicated by his sudden celebrity. Around them gravitates a bunch of broken arms, who try to preserve the honor of the deputy and find themselves caught in disastrous cogs.

Cynicism and naivety

And A Very English Scandal brilliantly portrays the hypocrisy of good British society, Quiz scratch the world of television, through another news item: the cheating of a candidate for the game “Who wants to win millions? “. To the cynicism of the producers and managers of the ITV channel, for whom the game was a goose that laid the golden eggs, responds the naivety of the Ingram couple, who believed they could play with the system. Full of empathy for his ordinary heroes, Stephen Frears paints a touching portrait of the community of quiz fans, who organize a form of “resistance” and spend all their time looking for stratagems to thwart the pitfalls of the game. .

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