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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 & 240 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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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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Trivia

The rail car used in the scene where Therese travels back to New York is a 1946 ex-L&M 60-seat coach, originally used on the L&M Hummingbird route. It is currently owned by the Cincinnati Dinner Train and used weekly. The car was stationary during filming. Rooney Mara used the private car "Oliver Hazard Perry" as her dressing room prior to shooting the scene. Both cars were parked on the Cincinnati riverfront just outside the Boathouse restaurant. See more »

Goofs

In one of the landscape shots as Carol and Therese go on their trip, a take is used backwards. It can be seen in the smoke pipes of the roofs, absorbing the smoke instead of expelling it. See more »

Quotes

Therese Belivet: You have a job, Phil.
Phil McElroy: You call that a job? I call that an illusion.
Dannie McElroy: You get paid. Is money an illusion?
Phil McElroy: My kid brother - the jerk philosopher.
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Connections

Referenced in Anne Plus: ANNE+ Sofie (2018) See more »

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Mullenium
Written and Performed by Gerry Mulligan
Published by Prestige Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Great in every way!
9 October 2015 | by NxllySee all my reviews

Thanks to the New York Film Festival I got the chance to see this perfectly crafted film early.

Carol's nothing short of fantastic. It's story is one of the best romances i've seen put on the big screen. What I love is how nobody makes it a big fuzz about the two lovers being females. It's treated with the same respect as any other romantic drama, and it's done better than most of them.

The film is on another level when the two leads Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are on screen together. Both undoubtedly gave two of the best performances of the year.

It's pace is slow, but never boring. Giving us some intense slow-building moments that leaves us smiling or shedding tears.

Carol's great. Watch it.


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Country:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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