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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
The Weinstein Company
The character of Carol Aird was inspired by Virginia Kent Catherwood (1915-1966), a Philadelphia socialite six years older than Patricia Highsmith with whom the author had a love affair in the 1940s. Catherwood lost custody of her daughter after her homosexuality was used against her with a taped recording of a lesbian liaison she had in a hotel room. ("'Instantly, I love her': the affairs that inspired Carol". The Telegraph, 28 November 2015) See more »
The movie is set from 1952 Christmas season, and ends in April 1953. Therese Belivet incorrectly uses her 35mm film camera to take an available light photograph of Carol Aird. Inside a restaurant, the scene has back-fill lighting because Therese is looking towards a large window that is extremely bright, and that amount of light would cause complete obscuring by shadowing, of all the facial features of Carol in the photographic negative. To actually create a usable photographic negative in that era, Therese and Carol would have needed to swap their positions, to take advantage of the available light provided by the large window. Alternately to actually create a usable photographic negative using key-lighting, either as a minimum a single use flash bulb should have been used, or a pair of mains-powered spotlights. See more »
[calls Carol on the phone]
[Carol struggles with emotions and forces herself to hang up without saying a word. Therese then murmurs into the handset]
I miss you. I miss you.
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After you read the novel, your expectations about its adaptation are not small. The lead actresses are a good promise . But is it enough ? No doubts, yes. Because, for me, it is more than inspired adaptation of a good book. It is a gem, from performances to elegance, atmosphere, flavors and tension, from grace to bitterness. Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are the best options and you know that if you read, again, the book. It is a love story but it becomes, scene by scene, more. Maybe, a sort of confession. About a world, a meet, a clash and few people. And, not the last, in special manner, about yourself.
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