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Carol movie review: flung out of space

Flawless in every way: sumptuous visually and emotionally. One of the more mature and sophisticated romances the big screen has ever seen. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Cate Blanchett and Todd Haynes

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I first saw Carol at the London Film Festival last October. So, three months ago. And I’ve been terrified to write about it ever since. This happens sometimes with a movie I fall in love with, because I fear that nothing I could say would do it justice, that I would somehow diminish it with words that fail to capture how transcendent it is. I’ve seen the film twice more since — including again just this morning — in the hope that something would inspire me to feel as if I could pin it down in a fair way.
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‘Carol’ is a ravishing romance

Carol

Written by Phyllis Nagy

Directed by Todd Haynes

UK/USA, 2015

Visually sumptuous from the opening frame, Todd Haynes’s latest, Carol (an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt), wastes no time in grabbing the viewer’s attention. Young businessman Jack Taft (Trent Rowland) gets off a subway and enters a hotel bar, only to find two women, one younger and one older, dressed in striking costumes indicative of the film’s 50s setting. Jack approaches tepidly, eager to talk to them but struggling to conceal his timidity.

The women, as we soon find out, are Therese (Rooney Mara) and Carol (Cate Blanchett), and any doubts about their relationship still lingering after the longing look Therese gives Carol when the two decide to separate for the evening are soon erased. As Therese sits in the back of a taxi with Jack, she reflects on how she
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‘Carol’ Review

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, Sarah Paulson, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith, Kevin Crowley, Nik Pajic, Carrie Brownstein, Trent Rowland | Written by Phyllis Nagy | Directed by Todd Haynes

Hype at this time of year can become an overwhelming and overbearing thing, taking a film you could be looking forward to and loading so much baggage onto it that the whole thing falls apart, while you feel like a dog howling at the moon as you try and tell people how it’s really not all that; Carol feels like a perfect candidate for this. Getting awards buzz since its first screening in Cannes, based on a book by acclaimed author Patricia Highsmith and starring two previous Oscar botherers in the lead roles, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and directed by a man who has been on the fringes of big awards for years, Todd Haynes, this
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