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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  • Todd Haynes and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Sandy Powell and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett and Todd Haynes in Carol (2015)
  • Todd Haynes and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)
  • Rooney Mara in Carol (2015)

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7 November 2015 | artscommented
| Simply beautiful
I watched Carol at the New York Film Festival, days after watching Freeheld. Since both movies talk about love relationship between two women, I was afraid I was going to see the same thing. Gladly, I couldn't be more wrong. Carol is such a beautiful movie, subtler than I had expected.

Even though I loved the movie, I'm aware that it's not for everybody. It's not fast paced, as current films tend to be. It takes its time to carefully construct the characters and to make us root for them. Credit is due to the cast, as Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are brilliant, and to the director Todd Haynes, who conducts well the story.

Moreover, the film is visually stunning, with impeccable make-ups and wardrobes, not to mention the beautiful locations covered in snow while they take a road-trip. Finally, the soundtrack is equally wonderful, with songs that correctly set the tone of their relationship.

It probably won't be a box office hit, but I do hope everybody gets a chance to see it eventually.

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Did You Know?


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.


Dannie McElroy: 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.


That's the Chance You Take
Performed by
Eddie Fisher
Composed by Sidney Lippman/Sylvia Dee
Published by Chester Music Limited Trading Campbell Connelly & Company
Published by Edward Profit Music
Courtesy of Music Sales Creative
Master recording courtesy of Retrospective Recordings


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