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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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Drama | Romance

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

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15 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Earlier in the film the black and white movie being shown in the projector room scene is Sunset Blvd. (1950) in which Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) is a 50-year-old silent film star chasing after Joe Gillis (William Holden), a younger man half her age. Although some might speculate that it was meant to allude to the age difference between Carol (who is in her early-30s) and Therese (who is 21 years old), the scene from Sunset Boulevard was included because it is Phyllis Nagy's favorite film. She explained in an interview for The Film Experience: "It was Joe in that particular scene. It's my favorite movie, I have to get it into everything I do, and that scene in particular was the scene I chose in the script, and so it's Joe, who in that scene, is not actually saying what he means, until actually much later." See more »

Goofs

Therese boards a train to "Penn Station" in New York City. It is apparent that the train is running on the Erie Railroad's Main Line. In 1952, that train would never have entered New York and instead would have terminated at Jersey City. Even today, that train terminates at Hoboken and not at Penn Station. Also, as another writer pointed out, the train announcement stated that the train would stop at Secaucus Junction, which did not exist until 2003. See more »

Quotes

Therese Belivet: What town is this again?
[the morning after they first made love]
Carol Aird: This? Waterloo.
[laughs]
Carol Aird: Isn't that awful?
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Soundtracks

Slow Poke
Performed by Pee Wee King and His Golden Cowboys
Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart
Ridgeway Music Co., Inc.
© 1951, renewed BMI
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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An Understated And Beautiful Story of Two
22 December 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Director Todd Haynes has created a film of subtle and undeniable beauty. The set design is magnificent and builds a world that is uniquely 1950s, the costume design contributes greatly to the overall sense of time and place which can be hard to underscore in a period piece but the crew of Carol has manage to pull it off effortlessly. Todd Haynes direction is fluid and his camera lingers to capture the full emotional content of each scene. The score by Carter Burwell adds another layer of sincerity to this motion picture, and the cinematography by Edward Lachman vividly illustrates the elegance of the locations used.

The performances are outstanding, the relationship between Rooney Mara's "Therese Belivet" and Cate Blanchett's "Carol Aird" anchors the film. Rooney Mara plays "Therese" with an underlying sense of innocence that she herself knows more than anyone, she exclaims "I just say yes to everything", Mara's physical embodiment of her character is undeniable and everything you need to know about her motives can be found in a glance or a stare. Blanchett is terrific as "Carol" and there is a mysterious side to her character that begins to unveil as the narrative progresses, her particular predicament is a major source of pain in her life. Her relation with "Harge Aird" portrayed by Kyle Chandler highlights this, as he becomes deeply dissatisfied with her actions.

It's the sequences were Mara and Blanchett share the screen that define the brilliance of this film. There interactions are spellbinding from there first unusual interaction at "Therese's" department store to there affectionate conversations in "Carol's" car. To see how they progress is fascinating and the way in which Haynes frames them apart is superior direction. Its how we comprehend there relationship without cliché dialog, but mostly through facial expression that we get a sense of how they feel for each other.

The structure of the narrative itself was quite unexpected and I felt a major satisfaction as the film began to conclude. Its also perfectly paced with the exact amount of lingering to allow emotions to run wild. Its simplistic narrative tells a deeper more wholesome story about human connection and how it is viewed by society in the 1950's which strangely parallels today.

Overall, I found Carol to be quite beautiful, from its spectacular production and costume design, fluid direction, mesmerizing performances and incredible pacing this is a film where I personally relished on those lingering moments that detail the emotions of the characters. I am going to give Carol a 9.2/10.


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