Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences.
Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences. less
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Carol is a gentle movie about a lesbian love. The movie is however disfigured by the ruthless sniping of the Indian censor's scissors. I do not understand why scenes that are crucial to the movie should be cut abruptly after an A certificate has been given. Do the powers-that-be believe that even adults need a parent sitting in the seat next to them to cover their eyes everytime an 'adult' scene comes on? The moralising doesn't just stop there. The irritating 'Smoking Kills' sign everytime someone lights up and the bleeping out of even simple cuss words make you seethe in frustration and make you want to slap someone really hard.
Anyway, so much for the rant. The movie is set in the 1950s when homosexual love was still under the scanner. Carol is a middle aged woman seeking a divorce from her husband. They have a small daughter. She meets a young shop assistant and aspiring photographer, Terese and falls in love with her. The husband is making the divorce difficult by citing a love affair that Carol had with her close friend also a woman many years ago calling it immoral conduct. To take her mind off the divorce Carol and Terese go away on a road trip together. On the trip they acknowledge their feelings and make love which is captured by a detective hired by the husband. He uses this information against her and asks her to give up custody of the daughter as well as have no visitation rights. The rest of the movie is about Carols' struggle with her identity and the fight to live her life in tune with her innerself and weigh that against her desires as a mother and Therese's acceptance of her feelings.
The movie deals with a tough emotional subject in a soft, lyrical manner. There is a bleak winter landscape which is beautiful at the same time with the snow falling gently on the two lovers as they sit on a building terrace, their love infusing the stark urban scene with tenderness.
The movie has won several awards and the principal characters of Carol and Therese played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara shine with their subtle intensity. There is no melodrama in their characters, no crying and tantrums and tears. Just a quiet conviction and dignity that makes you feel the power of their love.
Carol is a love story over anything else. However, the angle of homosexuality is still a very relevant one in our society today and I guess we should be grateful that the moral police thought us mature enough to even see this movie. The cut scenes are easily available on YouTube anyway. Take a look to see how this idiotic abrupt editing takes away so much of the emotional flow of the film. A definite watch on DVD where the movie can envelope you the way it's meant to.