In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.Written by
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With the exception of the suit she wears in the bookends of the film, all of Rooney Mara's costumes are vintage, well-worn clothing. Her character would likely have re-worn the same clothes for years, and the vintage clothing provided that lived-in feeling. Because Carol comes from an upper class background - and because of the film's small budget - it would have been very difficult to secure vintage costumes in pristine condition at a low cost, so her clothes are recreations. See more »
When Carol is telling Therese how long the drive (from Canton, Ohio) to Chicago should take, Tommy Tucker suggests that "There's a short cut across the interstate. Knocks two hours off the drive." Construction on the "Interstate Highway System" connecting major U.S. cities began in 1956. Before this, there was the transcontinental highway system. In 1925, the "Joint Board on Interstate Highways" was created to change the identification of highways from a named to a numbered system. Whatever "interstate" he was referring to, it could not be part of the "Interstate Highway System" because it did not exist in 1952. See more »
I never asked you for anything. Maybe that's the problem.
[as she breaks up with Richard]
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Something From A Fool
Performed by Jimmy Scott
Composed by Haven DeHaven
Published by Campbell Connelly and Co. Ltd. Courtesy of Music Sales Creative
Courtesy of MCA Records
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I loved this film for the subtleties. Lots of lingering, carefully framed shots and closeups. Lots of quiet scenes. Lots conveyed through looks and innuendo.
Rooney and Cate captured what it's like to be nervous yet excited while falling in love. It felt real. It felt like two people unsure of themselves, offering up just a bit of their true feelings at a time and waiting for the other person to do the same before revealing more.
Kyle Chandler's performance hasn't been commented on as much as the leads, but he was just as excellent. He played the part of tortured husband well without coming off as a mere villain. I sympathized with him and even understood where he was coming from.
I thought the film captured the time period in a very unique way. Nothing was overtly flashy or Normal Rockwell 50s, and at times it even felt gritty compared to most depictions of the era, but it was really beautiful.
The film stayed with me on the ride home, and I drove in silence while I reflected on it. That's how I judge a movie. If you are the type that loves character driven films, I'd very much recommend it. If you don't handle slow burn movies well, it might not be for you.
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