R | | Drama, Romance
An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
The film is based on a book originally entitled The Price of Salt. There are at least two explanations, both Bible-related, of this title. One, from screenwriter & friend, Phyllis Nagy, is that it is a reference to Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt when she looks back at Sodom. A Highsmith biographer says it refers to Matthew 5:13, perhaps more so in the verse's fragment found in The Counterfeiters by Andre Gide, with its sense that adding spice to one's life will have a cost to pay.
And do you live alone, Therese Belivet?
Therese Belivet: I do. Well, there's Richard, he'd like to live with me. Oh no, it's nothing like that, I mean he'd like to marry me.
Carol Aird: I see. And would you like to marry him?
Therese Belivet: Well, I barely even know what to order for lunch.
When Carol hangs up on Therese, the phone emits a modern dial tone that would not have existed in 1952 or 53.
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