ByLane Fortenberry, writer at
Lamar University journalism graduate. Movie, TV and sweet tea enthusiast. Twitter: @laneee_y
Lane Fortenberry

Director: Todd Haynes

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson

Movie Review Score: 9ish

“Carol” is filled with moments, sometimes subtle, one has to feel, and can feel. It’s not just about the beautiful sight of romance in the making. Director Todd Haynes allows us to experience what it really felt like to fall in love with Carol (Cate Blanchett) and the sometimes uncomfortableness of Therese (Rooney Mara) has with the unknowing desire in her mind and heart.

Therese encountered Carol for the first time while confined behind the desk of the department store she worked. She couldn’t take her glittery eyes off her. Carol vanishes briefly then appears at the desk wanting a certain doll for her daughter. Out-of-stock reasons leads to another gift idea and exchanging of information for shipment purposes, when Carol leaves with a compliment and forgets her gloves. While her boyfriend sleeps in the other room, Therese toys with the idea of mailing the gloves to her and eventually runs to the mailbox in time for the morning pick up.

That’s all that was needed for a phone call with an invitation to lunch for thanks. “A strange girl you are… flung out of space,” Carol says during lunch after an invitation to her house followed by a “yes” from Therese.

From there, a relationship is born. A beautiful one in fact. There is desire, an erotic nature and heartbreak. Sometimes, people can’t always have what they want when it’s best for them. Timing is everything. Nonetheless, a love between two people is fueled by the need for each other.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in "Carol" (2015)
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara in "Carol" (2015)

“Carol” is gorgeously shot and immensely captures the culture, sounds and colors of the 1950s. It was a very fashionable time filled with wonderful jazz and one can immerse themselves in that time period during the film. There are countless times when a beautiful window shot would appear featuring Therese with the colors of streetlights heightened by raindrops and fog.

Cate Blanchett will make you fall for her regarding her performance. She glowingly embodies confidence and seductiveness. She completely awes while expressing what’s best for her daughter in the mince of being accused of wrong doing by having a relationship with another woman.

Rooney Mara, while sometimes mute, emotionally desired something without knowing what exactly. It took meeting Carol to know exactly what she needed. Mara is innocently brilliant. Sarah Paulson offered a strong supporting role, as well.

The many silent moments in the film allows one to capture and truly feel how Carol and Therese felt for each other. People don’t always need to hear the words “I care about you” or “I love you.” People need and want to feel the desire for one another, and Haynes makes that possible in “Carol.”


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