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Carol (2015)

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An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

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Todd Haynes

Writers:

Phyllis Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cate Blanchett ... Carol Aird
Rooney Mara ... Therese Belivet
Kyle Chandler ... Harge Aird
Sarah Paulson ... Abby Gerhard
Jake Lacy ... Richard Semco
John Magaro ... Dannie McElroy
Cory Michael Smith ... Tommy Tucker
Kevin Crowley ... Fred Haymes
Nik Pajic ... Phil McElroy
Carrie Brownstein ... Genevieve Cantrell
Trent Rowland ... Jack Taft
Sadie Heim ... Rindy Aird
Kk Heim ... Rindy Aird (as Kennedy Heim)
Amy Warner Amy Warner ... Jennifer Aird
Michael Haney Michael Haney ... John Aird
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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

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Taglines:

Some people change your life forever

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$253,510, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,711,491, 31 March 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,272,135, 1 May 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rooney Mara (Therese Belivet) coincidentally has the same first name as the author of Carol (Patricia Highsmith). Her full name is Patricia Rooney Mara. Highsmith created the character of Therese from her own life experiences. See more »

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When Carol hangs up on Therese, the phone emits a modern dial tone that would not have existed in 1952 or 53. See more »

Quotes

Carol Aird: Dearest. There are no accidents and he would have found us one way or another. Everything comes full circle. Be grateful it was sooner rather than later. You'll think it harsh of me to say so, but no explanation I offer will satisfy you. Please don't be angry when I tell you that you seek resolutions and explanations because you're young. But you will understand this one day. And when it happens, I want you to imagine me there to greet you, our lives stretched out ahead of us, a perpetual ...
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Auld Lang Syne
Performed by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks
Arranged by Vince Giordano
Published by Starr Score Holdings, LLC
Master recording Licensed courtesy of Starr Score Holdings, LLC
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Charming, subtle and in the end it all comes down to Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's unforgettable, brilliant performances.
6 February 2016 | by fabiolpinheiro1993See all my reviews

Carol is a good film, with a very important subject, and the script never addresses it head on, rather with class, elegance and subtly.

It's a great love and life story about one woman fighting for her right to be happy and another trying to figure out how can she really be happy. Each of them is the answer to the other.

The script could feature more insight, but then again, the film is supposed to be subtle and let the images speak for themselves. The cinematography is outstanding and the score is downright superb. There's a feeling, a certain atmosphere that makes the film truly peculiar and one of a kind.

But in the end, i think that it all comes down to Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as they give unforgettable, brilliant performances. They are always perfect of course, but here there's something one of a kind about their performances. Its not only the characters that fall in love with each other, but also you who fall in love with them.

Its charming, important, powerful, resonant, and features two one of kind performances.


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