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When Carol (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth) walks into a New York City department store and meets Therese (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara, Her, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) an unlikely friendship sparks. Carol is an elegant socialite going through a bitter divorce while Therese is just starting out in life; unsure of who she wants to be. Mesmerized by each other, they face a choice: deny their hearts desires or defy society’s conventions but in doing so, risk life as they know it. From director Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, Far From Heaven) and based on the best-selling novel, Carol is a powerful romance fueled by the danger and exhilaration of forbidden love.
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I feel both happy and sad after watching it (mainly happy). Honestly I am a little sad personally because I don't think I would believe a love story about heterosexuals with this level of true friendship and tenderness (and I really, really want to). I suppose all modern romantic relationships regardless of sexual leaning have lost that something-worth-treasuring now that there aren't really the taboos and sex seems to be the main focus. Just to note: There is sex in the film and it is done very well – subtle and tender yet erotic without being trashy.
If you need everything fast, loud and full-on and don't like 'slow', emotive films, this film is not for you Obviously if you are prejudiced about same sex romance, you should probably give the film a miss... On the other hand, if you've ever yearned for deep connections with another person or other people, but struggled with finding your match and/or know what it feels like to be a secret misfit (of any type, not necessarily in relation to sexuality) this film will probably be uplifting to you.
The film also provided excellent insight into the social mores and prejudices of early 1950s America - which I thought was sympathetically done for all parties. Even Carol's somewhat intolerant and confused/bemused husband, Harge, garnered some sympathy towards the end - Harge was played very well by Kyle Chandler but the supporting cast was very good too. Well worth a watch!
The film focuses primarily on how lesbian women in the 1950's could become trapped and risk loosing their children; if they chose to get married to men, have children with them and then later decide to pursue what they really want from life. The film does a good job of portraying the confining and limiting rules that many lesbian women felt they had to accept at that time. As well as the manipulative and malicious actions of a husband who feels entitled to control the actions of his wife. It also does a fairly good job at portraying the confusion and mixed emotions of the younger woman, who is trying to forge a relationship with the older woman under these trying circumstances. It must also be said the film captures the atmosphere of the 1950's beautifully; from the classic hollywood glamour of Cate Blanchett's attire, to the soundtrack and props. Overall this is an excellent lesbian film that has atmosphere, pacing, and good acting, it certainly has the potential to become a lesbian classic.
amazed this was overlooked by the Academy Oscars --
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