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Carol (2015)

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An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

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In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Written by The Weinstein Company

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Some people change your life forever

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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$11,800,000 (estimated)

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$253,510 (USA) (20 November 2015)

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$253,510 (USA) (20 November 2015)
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In the first major critical survey of LGBT films, conducted by the BFI in 2016, Carol was named the best LGBT film of all time. [British Film Institute, "The 30 Best LGBT Films of All Time," March 21, 2016] See more »

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When Carol is standing in the entrance way to the travel store to light her cigarette after visiting her attorney, when the camera views Carol through the display window the cigarette is in her left hand and her purse is tucked on the right. When camera shifts to direct shot of Carol, the cigarette is now in her right hand and the purse on the left. See more »

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Carol Aird: Harge, I want you to be happy. I didn't give you that. I failed you. We both could have given more, but... we gave each other Rindy. And that is the most breathtaking, the most generous, of gifts.
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Written and Performed by Gerry Mulligan
Published by Prestige Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for Carol
21 November 2015 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Others have already mentioned the film's beauty, elegance, attention to period detail, acting etc. All amazing. As a gay man "of a certain age" I felt deep gratitude for the gift given by the artists who created this film. The direction is so subtle and effective, using the all the tools of film making to communicate information, meaning, and emotion.

Like Brokeback Mountain, this film turns cliché on its head and transcends the particulars of the protagonists' lives by illuminating more universal themes. It is a period/genre film that acts to balance well established tropes of its genre, a powerful corrective to SO MANY previous films that repeated the same old false, stereotypical, and often tragic images of gay lives. Beyond merely telling some real truth, Carol has so much to say about strength, resilience, and the possibility of finding joy in difficult circumstances. As such, it was deeply satisfying to this viewer.


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