R | | Drama, Romance
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
The film is based on the romance novel "The Price of Salt" by Patricia Highsmith, originally published in 1952 under the pen name "Claire Morgan". After it fell out of print it was reissued in 1984 by lesbian publishing house Naiad Press. Highsmith denied rumors that she was the author for 38 years until she agreed to the publication of a new, retitled edition that included an afterword by her. "Carol" was published in the United Kingdom in 1990 by Bloomsbury Publishing under Patricia Highsmith's name. The novel sold nearly a million copies before the 1990 publication.
All of us, you know, we have affinities for people. We like certain people. You like certain people, right?
Therese Belivet: Sometimes.
Dannie McElroy: You don't like others. And you don't know why you are attracted to some people and not others. The only thing you really know is -...
In the scene where Carol & Therese meet in the restaurant, Carol asks Therese what her name is. Shortly after, Therese asks Carol what her name is. Even though they had already met in the store, Therese would not have necessarily known Carol's first name, as the store account was likely in her husband's name or Carol might have written "Mrs. Harge Aird," as was customary in the 1950s. Even if Therese did know her name, her question here can be regarded either as nervousness, a coded way to ask if it was all right to be on a first-name basis, or both.
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