When shopgirl Therese (Rooney Mara) meets the glamorous Carol (Cate Blanchett) sparks fly between them. But this is New York in the early 1950s and they face many obstacles in their way, not least Carol’s impending divorce from her husband Harge (Kyle Chandler).
I went into this film thinking it would be more similar to other films based on novelist Patricia Highsmith’s thrillers. Carol (based on Highsmith’s book The Price of Salt) is more of a romantic drama, although there is some tension in regards to the secret love between the women, leaving the audience to wonder if they will be discovered and what the consquences would be if they are.
Perhaps as Carol was so hyped up on it’s release, having watched it now I didn’t feel as passionate about the movie as others have. Having said that it’s a fine film with excellent performances by Blanchett and Mara, both deserving of their Oscar noms. Director Todd Haynes is good at highlighting little moments of intamcy like the touching of hands as being significant, and dangerous steps in their relationship.
Rating 3.5/5 – a class act with Blanchett and Mara at their best