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Review: Cate Blanchett masters all the signals for Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

16 May 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Cannes — A look across a crowded room. A hand on a shoulder, slightly longer than expected. A conversation of code words. In the McCarthy era, gay men and women were forced to follow societal norms, with even the most "obvious" gays and lesbians trapped in the closet. It is in this context that we are introduced to department store clerk Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and her new customer, the somewhat older Ms. Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) in Todd Haynes' adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, "Carol." It's almost Christmas and Carol is hunting for a specific doll for her young daughter. The store is out of the model she needs. Carol quizzes Therese on what she always wanted to get for Christmas. There are glances, there is light flirting and Carol "mistakenly" leaves her gloves on Therese's counter.   This advance is both forward and subtle, which puzzles Therese, but »

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