Carol

2015, Lgbtq+/Drama, 1h 58m

314 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Shaped by Todd Haynes' deft direction and powered by a strong cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, Carol lives up to its groundbreaking source material. Read critic reviews

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Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.

Cast & Crew

Rooney Mara
Therese Belivet
Sarah Paulson
Abby Gerhard
Carrie Brownstein
Genevieve Cantrell

Fred Haymes
Nik Pajic
Phil McElroy
Phyllis Nagy
Screenwriter
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Dorothy Berwin
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Thorsten Schumacher
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Bob Weinstein
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Harvey Weinstein
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Danny Perkins
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Cate Blanchett
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Andrew Upton
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Robert Joliffe
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Edward Lachman
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Original Music
Judy Becker
Production Design
Jesse Rosenthal
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Heather Loeffler
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  • Oct 12, 2017
    As a talented writer, Patricia Highsmith has been responsible for the source material of some great film adaptations; Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley and Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January are a notable few. However, Todd Haynes' Carol is an adaptation of the 1952 novel The Price of Salt which Highsmith wrote under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan to avoid harming her reputation and ruining her career. This was a novel that would've caused widespread controversy for such a high-profile author at this time and it wasn't until 1990 that Highsmith was credited. Now, over 60 years later, Todd Haynes brings it to the screen for a contemporary audience and affords it the respect that it's been deserving of for too long. Plot: Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a young woman who longs to be a photographer but for the moment finds herself working as a clerk in a department store. It's here that she encounters Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman with a wealthy background. There's a spark between them and what begins as a friendship soon develops into an unexpected love affair that does not follow the conventional norms of 1950s America. Opening with Carter Burwell's sweeping music, Todd Haynes takes us back to New York in the 1950's where it's obvious from the very first moments that meticulous and extensive production design has went into this. Put simply, it's a breathtakingly beautiful film. Haynes basks in a luxurious palette of colours that's captured so magnificently by Edward Lachman's cinematography where the deep hues radiate from the screen and the attention to detail is so precise that it's difficult to accept that a director can achieve such exquisite sophistication. Visually, there's so much going on that absolute credit must go to Haynes' entire crew; Judy Becker's production design is flawless while Sandy Powell makes a huge contribution with her striking costume design. The look of the film is one thing and it's undoubtedly a thing of beauty but Haynes also has the cast to convince you of this melancholic love story. Anchoring the film are two exceptional lead performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Both were deservedly Oscar nominated for their work and are an absolute delight to watch as Haynes gives them plenty of time to breathe and allows them to take ownership of their characters. Their subtle facial expressions and nervous eye contact always hint at something more. There's such nuance and delicacy to their performances that every moment of contact, be it eyes or physical touch, resonates so strongly that words often aren't even required. We regularly observe their characters through windows, door frames and at a distance which suggests an eavesdropping secrecy and Haynes often depicts them separated in crowded rooms, hinting at the difficulty of their taboo relationship. Such an approach from Haynes is a masterstroke. Even when the characters are distant from one another, the closeness and longing from them is palpable. Although this received widespread critical acclaim and garnered 6, thoroughly deserved, Oscar nominations it really isn't for all tastes. Some viewers may struggle with its languid pace which can make the film difficult to connect with - especially in its initial stages. That said, there is so much going on stylistically that your still swept along with the melodrama. Todd Haynes has crafted a gorgeous evocation of the 1950's era. It's hugely confident filmmaking from a director that seems to excel when approaching complex social issues during a time when society was less accepting and appearances were everything. Like his Far From Heaven before it, this is a stunning work of art that has, at its centre, a truly devastating and melancholic love story where individuals struggle with their freedom of expression. Mark Walker
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  • Feb 05, 2017
    Good luck staying awake.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2016
    Carol is a soft and beautiful film that showcases subtle performances from Blanchett and Mara.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2016
    the girl who kicked the hetroness. for what it is v.good. better than "i'm not there". it's understated & just focuses on the love story.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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