In this adaptation of the novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, Therese (Rooney Mara), a young department-store clerk in 1950s Manhattan, meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), a beautiful older woman stuck in a depressing marriage of convenience. As their bond deepens and they become romantically involved, Carol finds the strength to leave her husband (Kyle Chandler). Unfortunately, her spouse starts to raise questions about her fitness as a mother when he realizes that Carol's relationships with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) and Therese are more than just friendships. Directed by Todd Haynes.
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Cate BlanchettCarol Aird
Rooney MaraTherese Belivet
Sarah PaulsonAbby Gerhard
Kyle ChandlerHarge Aird
Cory Michael SmithTommy Tucker
John MagaroDannie McElroy
Kevin CrowleyFred Haymes
Carrie BrownsteinGenevieve Cantrell
Amy WarnerJennifer Aird
Wendy LardinJeanette Harrison
Greg ViolandJerry Rix
Ken StrunkRitz Bartender
Tanya SmithFred Haymes' Secretary
Chuck GillespieOak Room Waiter
Carter BurwellComposer (Music Score)
Randall PosterMusical Direction/Supervision
Judy BeckerProduction Designer
Jesse RosenthalArt Director
Bob WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Danny PerkinsExecutive Producer
Dorothy BerwinExecutive Producer
Harvey WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Tessa RossExecutive Producer
Thorsten SchumacherExecutive Producer
Sandy PowellCostume Designer
Leslie ShatzSound/Sound Designer
Leslie ShatzSound Mixer
Edson WilliamsVisual Effects Supervisor
Geoff MaxwellProduction Sound Mixer
Gretchen McGowanPost Production Supervisor
Gwen BialicUnit Production Manager
Karri O'ReillyUnit Production Manager
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Carol is a love story dealing with two women at a time where the same gender couldn't publicly have affection for one another. Todd Haynes does a beautiful job to make this movie come together despite taking years and years to get this movie out. Phyllis Nagy's adapted screenplay is remarkable and on-point. Finally, the lead actresses, Cate Blanchet and Rooney Mara, had great chemistry to make their love believable and enchanting.
Todd Haynes has made some solid films (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, etc) and he manages to move his cast of characters in this sensitive film based on Patricia Highsmith’s 2004 novel ‘The Price of Salt’ to equal the impact and timing of Highsmith’s concept in her novel. Phyllis Nagy adapted the novel for the screen.
According to Highsmith’s story, Therese (Rooney Mara)is nineteen and working in a department store during the Christmas shopping season. She dates men, although not with real enthusiasm. One day a beautiful older woman comes over to her counter and buys a doll. As the purchase is a C.O.D. order, Therese makes a mental note of the customer’s address. She is intrigued and drawn to the woman. Although young, inexperienced and shy, she writes a note to the customer, Carol (Cate Blanchett), and is elated and surprised when Carol invites her to meet. Therese realizes she has strong feelings for Carol, but is unsure of what they represent. Carol, in the process of a bitter separation and divorce, is also quite lonely. Soon the two women begin spending a great deal of time together. Before long, they are madly and hopelessly in love. The path is not easy for them, however. Carol also has a child and a very suspicious husband dangerous ground for the lovers. When the women leave New York and travel west together, they discover the choices they’ve made to be together will have lasting effects on both their lives. Considered to be the first lesbian pulp novel to break the pulp publishing industry-enforced pattern of tragic consequences for its lesbian heroines, The Price of Salt was written under the pseudonym of Claire Morgan by Patricia Highsmith – the author of ‘Strangers on a Train’ and ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’.
Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are brilliant in this delicate story. Sarah Paulson adds depth as Carol’s previous lover Abby. The flavor of the 1950s is superb as is the cinematography and musical score. The only casting problem is with the men – blustering insensitive performances especially by Kyle Chandler as Carol’s husband-on- the-way-out disrupt the flow of the film distractingly. Otherwise it is a triumph for all concerned. Still highly recommended
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great film, Cate Blanchett is fantastic. She delivers a stellar performance
based on a novel by patricia highsmith (whose novels become "strangers on a train" , "ripley's game", and "the talented mr. ripley) departs from her usual crime thrillers to provide a character study of two women who fall i love in 1952 when this sort of behavior was considered taboo. good direction by Todd Haynes.
The movie is a great reminder of the 50's in New York, with two actresses nominated for academy awards. The same director as Far from Heaven, Carol has similar storylines dealing with a taboo subject for that time. Cinematography is beautifully done, with a wonderful soundtrack also nominated for an academy award. A must see.
Carol, is a complex movie about the forbidden love between an older and younger women during the conformist 1950's. It is refreshingly subtly and for once not formulaic. It does a wonderful job of letting the story slowly unfold in a realistic fashion. And doesn't insult it's audiences intelligence by bopping us over the head with it's themes and conclusions. A superb romance.