Drama/Romance, 1 hr 58 min
Log line: An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
It is sexy, tasteful, and captivating with some raw emotion and moral dilemmas thrown in there for good measure.
If you haven’t yet seen the 2015 Carol, frankly you may need to reconsider your life choices! That is to say, that you’ve deprived yourself of a gem of a movie that should not be missed.
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt, here’s a classic tale of two people from different worlds colliding paths and finding solace in each other amidst their own life crises. Set in 1950s New York, it follows Carol (Cate Blanchett) and Therese (Rooney Mara) after a chance meeting at a department store leads them to further encounters. This, in turn, leads to a road trip that cements their relationship in their hearts, if not already in their minds.
Hurdles are overcome as the characters persevere in surviving the hardships that life has thrown at them—what with Carol fighting for custody of her daughter against a possessive soon-to-be-divorced husband, and Therese just finding her footing at the New York Times in a sea of men. Surrounded by heterosexual couples, there’s no doubt that Therese yearns for her lost love even more. However, all is not lost at the end. Matters will come full circle and they may very well get their perpetual sunrise after all.
If you can overlook the seemingly common stereotypes that one of the lead women is a photographer and that the pairing is between a blonde and a brunette, but allow yourself to feel the palpable sexual tension and admire the superb acting as well as makeup and design, you could find yourself enraptured for a full 118 minutes. It is sexy, tasteful, and captivating with some raw emotion and moral dilemmas thrown in there for good measure.
Winner of 77 awards and 246 nominations to its title, it is safe to say that this film was ground-breaking and iconic in its own right, and brought LGBTQ+ content to the forefront of mainstream media attention—which is no small feat! Thus even if a slow-build romantic period drama may not be your cup of tea, I would still implore you to watch this at least once in support of the positive representation and the cinematic masterpiece that it is.
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Ping believes in the power of love and kindness, and that "love is love" no matter what shape or form it comes in. She would like to see positive representation for all walks of life in film and media.