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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.

Director:

Todd Haynes

Writers:

Phyllis Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 77 wins & 244 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Jennifer Aird
Michael Haney Michael Haney ... John Aird
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Storyline

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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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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Prior to production, director Todd Haynes compiled a playlist of 79 songs and instrumental music that were popular during the period Carol is set in (including songs referenced in the novel "The Price of Salt") to assist in further understanding the era and mood of the times. He distributed the CD collection to Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and other cast members, composer Carter Burwell, music supervisor Randall Poster, editor Affonso Gonçalves, production designer Judy Becker, cinematographer Edward Lachman, assistant director Jesse Nye, and producer Elizabeth Karlsen. [Listen: 3 Exclusive Playlists Of Music Compiled By 'Carol' Director Todd Haynes, Indiewire, January 6, 2016] See more »

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On the second day of the road trip, Therese gets sandwiches from the picnic basket in the back seat and immediately hands Carol one with a bite already taken out. See more »

Quotes

Carol Aird: I should have said "Therese, wait"...
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Connections

Featured in Evening Urgant: Pyotr Fyodorov (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Poke
Performed by Pee Wee King and His Golden Cowboys
Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart
Ridgeway Music Co., Inc.
© 1951, renewed BMI
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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An essence and definition of love
26 December 2015 | by SvetoslavGrigorovSee all my reviews

Imagine how The Blue Angel Marlene Dietrich meets Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Two goddesses in love affair. An essence and definition of love in its core distilled through different bodies and remaining a mutual enjoying of the heart. There is some cold classical feeling from the 30's in this movie, though it was set in the early 1950s in the McCarthy's era of witch-hunts. No answers are provided here and no stretched details. All is centred around Kate Blanchet and Rooney Mara.What you have to do is just to sit down,relax and enjoy the smoky narrative with a scarce dialogue.The 16 mm grainy picture, Sandy Powell's period costumes , cinematography and film editing from Edward Lachman and Affonso Gonçalves ,all well fitted in Patricia Highsmith's "The Price Of Salt" novel deliver a new conversation between the movie and the viewer. It's not about others but it's all about us. This message is truly important these days. No satisfaction in the sense and laws of tradition but how tradition have shaped us to rethink the history. As John Grant sings in Glacier "Don't listen to anyone, get answers on your own/Even if it means that sometimes you feel quite alone,No one on this planet can tell you what to believe,People like to talk a lot, and they like to deceive". There are echoes of other movies here such as the cold sentimentality of Savage Grace , Far From Heaven (from same director Todd Haynes) - another forbidden love story, Brokeback Mountain and A Single Man - both tragic waste of lives. Carol in some ways captures few finest moments from all these movies but as mentioned before it transcends one step further. It neutralises the bitter ends replacing it with hope. It's not the usual Hollywood hope but your own personal hope.It inspires you to decide,design and photograph your life. Don't wait,do it now!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Price of Salt See more »

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

Gross USA:

$12,711,491

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,272,135
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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