In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
|Release Date||:||November 20, 2015|
|Production Company||:||Killer Films, Film4, Number 9 Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom, United States of America|
|Director||:||Todd Haynes, Belle Francisco, Jesse Nye|
|Writers||:||Patricia Highsmith, Phyllis Nagy|
|Casts||:||Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith, Carrie Brownstein, Kevin Crowley, Nik Pajic, Trent Rowland, Sadie Heim, Kk Heim, Amy Warner, Michael Haney, Wendy Lardin, Pamela Evans Haynes, Greg Violand, Michael Ward, Kay Geiger, Christine Dye, Deb G. Girdler, Douglas Scott Sorenson, Ken Strunk, Mike Dennis, Ann Reskin, Annie Kalahurka, Linnea Bond, Steven Andrews, Tanya Smith, Ryan Wesley Gilreath, Chuck Gillespie, Jeremy Parker, Giedre Bond, Liberty Fraysure, Robert J. Ashe, Anita Farmer Bergman, Colin Botts, Chelsea Carnder, Gary Chinn, William Cross, Richard Doone, Taylor Frey, Michael Joseph Thomas Ward|
|Plot Keywords||:||gay, new york, chicago, sex, hotel, new year's eve, age difference, parent child relationship, department store, photography, road trip, lesbian relationship, lesbian, divorce, lgbt, child custody, older woman younger woman relationship, christmas, 1950s|
A perfect marriage of director and material, I can't think of anyone else but Todd Haynes for this story of love and desire blossoming in a desert of repression. Set in the era of the McCarthy witchhunts and the post-war obsession with - one might as well call it panic about- gender roles, CAROL is based on a Patricia Highsmith novel. Playwright Phyllis Nagy's screenplay pays Highsmith the compliment of maintaining the psychological conflicts and complexities. In particular, the character of Carol's conventional husband, Harge (played by Kyle Chandler) could have, in lesser hands, received much shorter shrift than here.
Beautifully photographed, designed, edited, scored and acted, there's no reason to give it anything less than full marks. I was completely engrossed by it from start to finish.