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Carol (2015)

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An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 74 wins & 238 nominations. See more awards »
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John Aird
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Storyline

In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Written by The Weinstein Company

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Some people change your life forever

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language | See all certifications »

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15 January 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$253,510, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,711,491, 31 March 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,272,135, 1 May 2016
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Trivia

In an interview for HitFix, Todd Haynes said that Cate Blanchett reminded him of actress Monica Vitti (in the role of Vittoria) in L'Eclisse (1962). Haynes made the connection to Vitti in the scene where Therese develops her photograph of Carol asleep, with a lock of hair on her cheek. The style and position of Carol's hair is similar to that of a sleeping Vittoria in a scene from the Italian film. See more »

Goofs

The camera Therese uses when she first photographs Carol is an Argus C3 with rangefinder. The C3 has a geared coupling between the rangefinder and the lens, creating one-step focusing.

Incorrect: When Therese is first photographing Carol she is looking through the viewfinder, and the image goes into focus when she focuses the camera. This camera would not have that type of viewfinder. See more »

Quotes

Carol Aird: Is that what you want to be? A photographer?
Therese Belivet: I think so. If I have any talent for it.
Carol Aird: Isn't that something other people let you know you have? All you can do is keep working. Use what feels right. Throw away the rest.
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Connections

Featured in The 88th Annual Academy Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Poke
Performed by Pee Wee King and His Golden Cowboys
Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart
Ridgeway Music Co., Inc.
© 1951, renewed BMI
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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This Thanksgiving, I'm grateful for Carol
21 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

Others have already mentioned the film's beauty, elegance, attention to period detail, acting etc. All amazing. As a gay man "of a certain age" I felt deep gratitude for the gift given by the artists who created this film. The direction is so subtle and effective, using the all the tools of film making to communicate information, meaning, and emotion.

Like Brokeback Mountain, this film turns cliché on its head and transcends the particulars of the protagonists' lives by illuminating more universal themes. It is a period/genre film that acts to balance well established tropes of its genre, a powerful corrective to SO MANY previous films that repeated the same old false, stereotypical, and often tragic images of gay lives. Beyond merely telling some real truth, Carol has so much to say about strength, resilience, and the possibility of finding joy in difficult circumstances. As such, it was deeply satisfying to this viewer.


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