REVIEW: ‘Carol’ (2015)

CarolTitle: ‘Carol’
2015, UK/USA
Director: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

1952. Therese is a young and naive shopgirl looking for her way in life. Carol is a glamorous and sofisticated mother in the process of divorcing from her husband. A chance encounter between these two very different women starts a passionate affair that will have deep life-changing consequences for both of them.

Adapted from a novel by Patricia Highsmith (titled ‘The Price of Salt’), ‘Carol’ is yet another perfect example of why Cate Blanchett can be legitimately considered one of the greatest actresses alive. Her fearless and risk-taking performance in this film is simply mesmerizing, absolutely deserving of her Academy nomination as Best Actress. Blanchett does not just play the character of Carol. She embodies her fully, voice, body and soul. Rooney Mara, also nominated as Best Supporting Actress, delivers an equally complex and nuanced performance. Together, they make every single scene, every single choice, a memorable and meaningful moment.

Todd Haynes’ direction is impeccable, just like the beautiful set designs, costumes and cinematography. And thanks to the main actresses’ portrayal of raw passion and emotions, ‘Carol”s aesthetic perfectionism never feels like a cold or impersonal stylistic exercise (which is always a risk with such exquisitely crafted period dramas).

The only reason I can think of for you not to see this film is if you hate quality and talent.

★★★★☆

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