Carol

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  118 min.
Release Date: December 11, 2015 - Vancouver, Montréal, Toronto
DVD: March 15, 2016

Current rating: Rating: 3.85
based on 28 votes and 8 reviews
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Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy

Synopsis

In 1952, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is shopping at a New York department store for a Christmas present for her seven-year-old daughter. She's helped by young clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara). They develop a relationship, which leads to a romantic affair.

Meanwhile, Carol's husband Harge (Kyle Chandler) desperately tries to save their marriage, even though he knows his wife's attraction to women, while Richard (Jake Lacy) hopes Therese will agree to marry him, despite her indifference towards spending her life with him.

Based on the 1952 romance novel by Patricia Highsmith, "The Price of Salt," written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.

Director: Todd Haynes
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Stephen Woolley, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross
Screenplay: Phyllis Nagy
Official Site: carolfilm.com

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  • 1 star "It's as boring as watching paint dry. Terrible director. When they do the token lesbian scene, he throws in violins. Little or no erotic or emotional tension. Lead actresses are straining to make sense of a dull, uninspired script. Poor attempt to show the prejudice that existed about lesbian love in the 1950s with little success. Does not capture any of Highsmith's perverse sense of foreboding or tension. Plus, the ending is saccharine sweet. Cheap quasi- emotional drivel all around."
  • 3 stars "Excellent direction and terrific photography highlight this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel "The Price of Salt". Rooney Mara plays Therese a sales clerk with theatre ambitions who catches the eye of older elegant socialite Carol (Blanchett) with whom she begins a romantic relationship. The film is good, but I found the three main characters somewhat unbelievable and couldn't get into the story as much as I wished. Still the film is relatively devoid of cliche and certainly a good offering for mature audiences."
  • 5 stars "Beautiful, dream-like film. Excellent performances all round and stunningly directed."