So Cate Blanchett in a fur coat gets it on with the chick from ‘Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’ in a 1950’s American setting – whats the crack?
Well quite a beautiful aesthetically pleasing one.
Based on the Patricia Higsmith novel, ‘The price of salt’ adapted by Phyllis Nagy, 11 years in development from page to screen – Carol, is a story of female love and companionship, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store and they hit it off concluding in a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.
It’s a film for any woman who has accidentally loved a woman in a more than platonic context. The screening play is as beautiful as Blanchett’s choice of rouge lippy while the panning screen shots and soft cinematography make you as the observer feel practically like a voyeur looking in on forbidden fancies.
It is however a tough tale, and one that I hate to say lacks grit. We’re dealing with complex issues here but everything is shot in such a beautiful manner that it’s hard to sense the heartache- it is afterall a love story. The film is called Carol to give it an obsessive nature – in the book she is the object of desire but in the film adaptation it is hard to see who is the object and who is the protagonist. It give it an intresting pretext but all you can only feel sorry for a mother on the verge of getting her child taken away from her due to her sexual preference.
As far as period settings go it’s got an edge on the other 1950’s flicks you might see doing the rounds but still quite subtle in it’s approach
Personally I prefered Abdellatif Kechiche‘s (Blue is the warmest colour) Spaghetti throwing, punch up approach in his portrayal of gritty lesbian break ups but this isn’t that kind of story- Both Blanchett and Mara shine in a beautiful film for beautiful people.
Carol is release in UK cinemas Friday 27th November