A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers,
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
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
Sarah Paulson said: "The whole experience was intimidating until we started shooting. Cate Blanchett had just won the Academy Award. When you work with people who you've been inspired by -- I felt like, 'I don't want to be the weak link. There are all these incredible artists here and I don't want to stand out as the thing that doesn't belong.' Slowly with the time spent together those nerves went away and they were replaced very quickly by the phone call I got where Todd Haynes told me he wanted me to learn how to drive a 1949 Packard stick shift. Stick shift! I don't drive a stick shift in a car today, much less in a tank like that, much less with Cate Blanchett in the passenger's seat." See more »
The movie is set from 1952 Christmas season, and ends in April 1953. Therese Belivet incorrectly uses her 35mm film camera to take an available light photograph of Carol Aird. Inside a restaurant, the scene has back-fill lighting because Therese is looking towards a large window that is extremely bright, and that amount of light would cause complete obscuring by shadowing, of all the facial features of Carol in the photographic negative. To actually create a usable photographic negative in that era, Therese and Carol would have needed to swap their positions, to take advantage of the available light provided by the large window. Alternately to actually create a usable photographic negative using key-lighting, either as a minimum a single use flash bulb should have been used, or a pair of mains-powered spotlights. See more »
I never asked you for anything. Maybe that's the problem.
[as she breaks up with Richard]
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I really wanted to like this film because of the subject matter, the period and the potential to shine a light on the historic struggle of lesbian women in a man's world of 1950. However it was a drudgery to keep watching this film to it's anti-climatic finish. The characters were unemotional and detached. They lacked charisma, chemistry or passion even when angry, desperate and in love. So unlikable were the characters that I was unable to raise a single shred of empathy even when things were uncomfortable and unpleasant for them. This story has so much potential but it was wasted on flat performances, dull writing, and long lingering (meant to be dramatic) camera shots. The film was just plain boring, unimaginative and lifeless.
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