Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, Carol charts the relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York.
Rooney Mara won Best Actress at Cannes and plays a girl in her 20s, working in a department store and yearning for a more fulfilling life. Cate Blanchett plays a mother trapped in a loveless marriage - desperately trying to secure custody of her child. While the film provides a nuanced depiction of societal prejudice towards same-sex love of the period, it does so in a restrained and subtle manner, never judging its characters.
Sandy Powell’s Oscar-nominated costumes exquisitely convey class and character, beautifully evolving with the women’s journeys of self-discovery. Also helping to immerse the audience into the world of the film is the soundtrack – which includes a magnificent orchestrated score by acclaimed composer Carter Burwell and period-specific pop songs by artists such as Billie Holiday and Les Paul. While Carol provides a time capsule to '50s America, it also pays homage to the visual style of films of that period.
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