Carol. 2015. Great Britain. Directed by Todd Haynes. 118 min.
When Carol Aird walks into the life of young Therese Belivet, it's only to buy Christmas gifts at the department store where she is a demure shopgirl. But there is no mistaking that first encounter for anything other than a true coup-de-foudre. Epically gorgeous and irresistibly suave, with this performance Blanchett joins the ranks of great actors such as Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, and Sidney Poitier who defined, for certain eras, what it meant to be a true movie star. Rooney Mara keeps perfect pace as the love-struck Therese, and we experience their passion and pain as viscerally as we might have in first reading Patricia Highsmith's groundbreaking novel The Price of Salt, upon which Phyllis Nagy's script is based. Courtesy of The Weinstein Company.