Carol
United States of America (US), 2015, 115 minutes
Carol Synopsis

Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

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Reviewed by Ameitis79
I love Cate Blanchett, she has such a charisma and so much talent. But I must say, the movie is somehow long and a bit boring. You can see the... more
I love Cate Blanchett, she has such a charisma and so much talent. But I must say, the movie is somehow long and a bit boring. You can see the attraction building up, but I dont see the chemistry between them . Something is not matching. I think Cate needed an equal partner in this movie, someone who can balance the acting. I was expecting this movie, thinking that it will have a different, interesting approach of the subject but Im a bit dissapointed after watching it. Using the grey nuances, reproducing an era, showing the struggle of two women, from different perspectives,I admire all that  but as a romantic, I wanted to see them fighting for the love, loving the experience, enjoying each other. No need for happy ending if the journey is amazing.Im still waiting for that movie that will take my breath away, will force me to keep it on repeat and make me dream with my eyes wide open!
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Reviewed by laurenhurrell
The nostalgic sensitivity of this love story comes through in all aspects of the film. The music, the costumes and the body language are gentle and elegant, creating a  soothing... more
The nostalgic sensitivity of this love story comes through in all aspects of the film. The music, the costumes and the body language are gentle and elegant, creating a  soothing aesthetic which contrasts with the theme of restriction/repression in the lesbian affair due to the expectations  of 1950s New York in which the story is set. The dialogue is not excessive, which leaves the opportunity for the actresses to show rather than tell. Rooney Mara successfully presents her endearing role as the young Therese Belivet who captivates the audience instantly with her curious glances at the beginning of the film, as we see Carol through Therese's gaze in the department store. Cate Blanchett as Carol, with her delivery of her lines in her playful, husky voice, instills in us a curiosity for the character too, much like Therese. However, we never quite feel as though we really know what Carol is thinking. As a fan of the original novel written by Patricia Highsmith (author of The Talented Mr Ripley) I was impressed by Todd Haynes' direction for the way in which there is a sense of tension maintained throughout the film which foreshadows the developing plot. This sense of tension was one of the book's most impressive and compelling traits that drove the plot forward, which obviously featured stylistically out of habit by Patricia Highsmith as a commendable writer of psychological thrillers. This sense of tension is portrayed in the teasing music which seems to encapsulate quirks of the various characters we meet along the way, as if we are gradually getting to know them through the soundtrack as well as the onscreen action, where attention to detail is key in contributing to the nostalgic love story, in every brush of a hand, shift in the fabric of clothing, or a silent lingering glance. 
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Reviewed by clara93
I love Todd Haynes but I can't entirely get on the bandwagon for this one, finding it to be a film I admire a lot more than I actually enjoy.... more
I love Todd Haynes but I can't entirely get on the bandwagon for this one, finding it to be a film I admire a lot more than I actually enjoy. Sure, it always looks very nice, the direction is technically impressive and Carter Burwell's score is well up to the guy's standards. But as a romance, this just failed to click with me. I never really got  a feel for why these two people even liked each other, nevermind loved each other. Perhaps the casting just predetermined that this film wasn't really meant for me. I like Cate Blanchett but I've always considered her kind of overrated. To me, she's a style over substance actress who's all about screen presence with little in the way of genuine psychological depth, as though her sole reason for performing is to win awards, rather than to reveal anything real about the human condition. I still prefer her to Rooney Mara, however, who I consider an actress with zero screen presence and who, while not incompetent, adds next to nothing to her characters. Overall, an engaging enough film but not a patch on past Haynes achievements like Safe, I'm Not There, Superstar, Velvet Goldmine and Far from Heaven. 
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  • I can't wait to see this film!!!

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  • "bon appetit!", "I love the hat!", "my angel, flung out of space" - the way Blanchett delivers these lines. Heaven!

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    Agree! What was that line where she toasts to a president (or candidate?), that made me laugh out loud
    Agree! What was that line where she toasts to a president (or candidate?), that made me laugh out loud
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