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Rated R · 118 min. · 2015

Drama, Romance

With Carol, filmmaker Todd Haynes continues to delve into forbidden love during a tense, conflicted era. While his 2002 film Far from Heaven about interracial romance was practically a Douglas Sirk tribute in ironic quotation marks, Carol is more like a same-sex Brief Encounter. And just like that classic love story, the subject matter is handled with genuine, romantic sincerity. Once again tripping back to the beautiful but hopelessly repressed ’50s, Haynes casts Rooney Mara as a single shopgirl who is drawn to the title character, a high-society dame played by Cate Blanchett. A harmless friendship morphs into a frowned-upon affair as Carol tries to at once court her new love and keep custody of her daughter. Using Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 book, The Price of Salt, as source material, Haynes returns to something he knows all too well: how to hammer through the façades of seemingly content people to get to the secrets and lies hidden underneath. He finds an ideal pair of frustrated lovebirds in Blanchett and Mara, who know how to show the pain and confusion inside them through their eyes alone. Both give performances worthy of a nomination. Haynes and his performers create a sophisticated story about two people trying to be together in an environment that’s quietly suffocating them. Haynes follows Highsmith’s example and ultimately provides some light at the end of this maddening, harrowing yet exquisite love story.

Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Patricia Highsmith and Phyllis Nagy
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler




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