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An image of Cate Blanchett as Carol, embracing a man but looking wistfully aisde, in Todd Hayne's Oscar-nominated lesbian drama
Cate Blanchett in Carol

Film

Carol

M

9 Apr - 18 Apr

Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a shop assistant working in a Manhattan department store when see meets the alluring Carol (Cate Blanchett), a stylish, self-possessed woman confined in a passionless marriage. Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel, The Price of Salt, Carol is directed – impeccably – by accomplished auteur, Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, HBO’s Mildred Pierce). 

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  • Carol makes coded overtures to the younger Therese but the stakes are high for both women, not only because of the stifling conventions of the time but because Carol has so very much to lose – not the least of which is her young daughter. The performances of Haynes’ excellent female leads set the bar high but Kyle Chandler and Sarah Paulson also deserve high praise for their roles as Carol’s desperate, bewildered husband, Harge, and her devoted confidante, Abby.

    “Todd Haynes’ period romance…is a beaming masterpiece. The storytelling is as clear as a polished windowpane…Everything serves the point that love is the still heart of a chaotic world: the frosted purity of the colours, the stately pacing, the yearning score by Carter Burwell, the way that Ed Lachman’s camera always drinks in a space before dialogue kicks in which in turn creates a graceful rhythm. Haynes conducts all elements as individual instruments that come together in one harmonious chord… The layers of [Mara’s] performance are exceptional…Sandy Powell has costumed [Blanchett] to be every inch the debonair 1950s socialite." - Little White Lies