Movie review – Carol

Another Times+ offer, this time free tickets to see the movie Carol at the Odeon in Guildford on a grey, soggy Monday evening in November.

And why not escape to the more glamorous, Mad Men-like world of New York in the 1950s, when our 2015 senses are stuffed full of Islamic State atrocities in Paris.

Adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt,  the movie tells the story of two women attracted to each other, in an era of moral repression and the McCarthy witch hunts.

A very French-looking Rooney Mara plays Therese Bellvet, a sales clerk in a posh department store but who dreams of a more creative life.

A chance encounter with a customer, Carol Aird, changes her course for ever, both personally and professionally.

Cate Blanchett plays conflicted, glamorous socialite Carol to chain-smoking, lip-glossed perfection. She is trapped in a loveless marriage to wealthy Harge (Kyle Chandler), adores young daughter Rindy and has a tendency for ill-judged friendships with women.

The relationship between Carol and the much younger Therese develops over a languid two hours. Their attraction deepens, despite the stark difference in ages and backgrounds, and the threat of Carol losing custody of Rindy.

This is a captivating story, beautifully shot, edited and scored. And acted by the main protagonists. But at two hours, it feels more than a little s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d.

The Talented Mr. Ripley was adapted from another Patricia Highsmith novel, and was a much more rewarding movie-going experience. In my humble Just Retiring opinion.

 

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