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Carol

  • Romance
  • Drama
  • 2015
  • Todd Haynes
  • 113 mins
  • 15

Summary

Romantic drama based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price of Salt, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, In 1950s Manhattan, a naive shop girl has her life turned upside down when she falls for an older, married woman.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

Patricia Highsmith's controversial, keynote lesbian novel The Price of Salt is brought lovingly to the screen by director Todd Haynes, in resplendent Far from Heaven fashion. Trapped in a marriage of convenience, uptown, worldly Carol (Cate Blanchett) begins an affair with naive, besotted shop girl Therese (Rooney Mara). But this is early 1950s Manhattan and when Carol's husband threatens her with scandal, the women embark on a road trip towards self-discovery and inalienable truths. No one is better at nuanced melodrama in the classic Hollywood style than Haynes, and with two high-calibre leading ladies exercising coiffed poise, era-sensitive intelligence and sophistication in every fabulous-looking frame, this exquisite romance is both chic and chilly in correct proportion before it explodes in tear-jerking emotional transparency. A stunning masterpiece, front-loaded with atmospheric mood and poignant tenderness.

Credits

Cast

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Carol AirdCate Blanchett
Therese BelivetRooney Mara
Abby GerhardSarah Paulson
RichardJake Lacy
DannieJohn Magaro
TommyCory Michael Smith
Genevieve CantrellCarrie Brownstein
Fred HaymesKevin Crowley
Phil McElroyNik Pajic
Harge AirdKyle Chandler

Crew

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DirectorTodd Haynes

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2015-11-27
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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