Posted on January 10, 2016


Carol – In the 1950s, love between two women was considered immoral. Carol (Cate Blanchett) has been married to wealthy Harge Aird (Kyle Chandler) for ten years and has a three year-old daughter, Rindy. Now in the middle of a divorce, she meets Therese (Rooney Mara), a shop girl, and there’s an instant attraction. Several years back, Carol and long-time friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) had an affair. Harge is willing to overlook it to an extent. Otherwise, he wants sole custody of Rindy.

Mara is outstanding as she deals with her conflicted feelings. Blanchett spends a lot of time posing in the first half of the movie, flipping her hair, smoking cigarettes like they are a lifeline, and is a hungry predator around Therese. She looks like she could eat her up. Umm, maybe a better choice of words here.

It’s a bit long with close up shots of individual body parts, lips, eyes, hands and longing faces behind rain-streaked windows. All very artsy. Good acting from Jake Lacy, John Magaro, and Cory Michael Smith.

Did they do French manicures in the 50’s?