2015 | Drama/LGBTQ | 18 minutes | In English
While working behind the counter in a fashionable Manhattan department store during the Christmas season, aspiring photographer Therese Belivet meets an upper-society customer, Carol Aird. Therese assists Carol in picking out a gift for Carol’s daughter Rindy. Carol leaves her gloves behind. Therese tracks down Carol’s address and returns the gloves. A grateful Carol invites Therese to lunch at her home in New Jersey. Therese has a boyfriend, Richard, but she can’t develop a relationship with him. Meanwhile, Carol is in the midst of an ugly divorce from her husband, Harge. While Carol and Therese are having lunch, Harge barges in to take daughter Rindy to Florida for Christmas. Harge suspects some hanky panky going on between Carol and Therese and a fight ensues. Carol decides to take a trip to escape the stress and invites Therese to join her. Their relationship becomes intimate. Back home, Harge is claiming that Carol is an unfit mother and should not have custody of their daughter. When Therese calls, a frightened Carol refuses to talk to her. Carol soon realizes that Harge has accumulated plenty of dirt that will surely come out in court. She painfully agrees that Harge can have custody of Rindy. Now separated, Carol asks Therese to come live with her in her new apartment on Madison Avenue. Therese refuses. Carol tells Therese she’s meeting associates in the Oak Room. If she changes her mind, she should come. Upon parting, Carol whispers, “I love you.” Should Therese go to the Oak Room? Will this be her best shot at happiness?
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- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
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Carol was one of the most highly acclaimed films in 2015. It received over 270 industry and critic nominations, winning over 85 awards.
New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Film; Best Director (Todd Haynes); Best Cinematography (Edward Lachman); Best Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy)
BAFTA Awards: Best Film
GLAAD Media Award: Recognized as an Outstanding Film
American Film Institute (AFI): One of the 10 Best Films of the Year
Cannes International Film Festival: Runners up for the Palme d’Or and tied for Best Actress (Rooney Mara)
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CAROL universalizes from the particular, and it does so with exceptional skill and style. This is a love story between two women set at a time and place when that relationship was beyond taboo. As its bravura filmmaking unfolds, those specifics fade and what remains are the feelings and emotions that all the best movie love stories create. And make no mistake, CAROL belongs in that group.
With sparse dialogue and restrained drama, the film is a symphony of angles and glances, of colors and shadows. CAROL filters a relatively happy romance through layers of anxiety, dread and psychological suspense.
This is about two people who didn’t know what their lives were about until they met each other, then scrambling, in their muted, buttoned-up way, to figure out what happens next. Director Todd Haynes loves them so much that he believes they can. You will too.
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