Carol

Carol

Carol

Romantic drama from Todd Haynes (Far from Heaven) starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, based on the 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith. Carol was the talk of Cannes 2015, it won Best Actress (Mara) and the Queer Palm award.

"In New York in the early 1950s, Therese Belivet (Mara), is working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol Aird (Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a failing marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. When Carol’s involvement with Therese comes to light, Carol's husband retaliates by challenging her competence as a mother. And as Carol and Therese take refuge on the road, leaving their respective lives behind, a confrontation emerges that will test each woman's assumptions about herself and commitments to one another." (Cannes Film Festival)

Winner Best Actress (Mara) and Queer Palm winner at Cannes Film Festival 2015
2015Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & nudity118 minsUK, USA
Drama
Director:
Todd Haynes ('Far from Heaven', 'I'm Not There', 'Velvet Goldmine', TV's 'Mildred Pierce')
Writer:
Phyllis Nagy
Cast:
Rooney MaraCate BlanchettKyle ChandlerSarah PaulsonJake LacyCory Michael SmithCarrie Brownstein
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Even high expectations don’t quite prepare you for the startling impact of Carol, an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story...

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Every glance means something, no strain shows: it’s filmmaking as natural as breathing.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Gestures, looks and touches carry enormous weight, and Blanchett and Mara, both excellent, invite micropscopic readings of their every glance and movement.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Carol is gorgeous, gently groundbreaking, and might be the saddest thing you’ll ever see.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

At once ardent and analytical, cerebral and swooning... a study in human magnetism, in the physics and optics of eros. A symphony of angles and glances, of colors and shadows.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished...

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It is a classy entertainment with a delicious combination of psychological manipulation and latent liberation.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Mara and Blanchett make for an unforgettable couple in a beautiful film about longing, loss and the confusion and wonder of love.

4.0
0

For the longest time my experience of Carol was less immersion and more admiration at the craft that had gone into fashioning such a beautiful object. The evocation of another world is faultless, from the wood-panelled department stores to the smokey upstairs parties which are veritably begging for the impending arrival of rock'n roll. Cinematography, set...

4.0
0

This is a good story told by by one today's best filmmakers - enthralling drama, highly recommended.

5.0
0

Exquisite. Filled to the brim with raw, aching emotion and desire. Just perfect in every way.

5.0
0

Beautifully crafted and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic, but I probably won't ever watch Carol again. It's quite slow, I didn't enjoy it that much. Grade: B-

3.0
0

A great romance movie - Blanchett and Rooney both giving wonderful performances and the film is well paced and engaging.

4.0
0

Carol is not the type of film I usually I go to the theatre to see. I had heard about the Oscar buzz the two leads were gathering after it premiered at Cannes Film Festival back in May 2015. Carol is a stand out film. It is a love story which succeeds or fails on the tow leads. Mara & Blanchett's performance and chemistry the audience will become...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Even high expectations don’t quite prepare you for the startling impact of Carol, an exquisitely drawn, deeply felt love story...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Every glance means something, no strain shows: it’s filmmaking as natural as breathing.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Gestures, looks and touches carry enormous weight, and Blanchett and Mara, both excellent, invite micropscopic readings of their every glance and movement.

5.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

Carol is gorgeous, gently groundbreaking, and might be the saddest thing you’ll ever see.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

At once ardent and analytical, cerebral and swooning... a study in human magnetism, in the physics and optics of eros. A symphony of angles and glances, of colors and shadows.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished...

5.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It is a classy entertainment with a delicious combination of psychological manipulation and latent liberation.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Mara and Blanchett make for an unforgettable couple in a beautiful film about longing, loss and the confusion and wonder of love.

4.0
0

For the longest time my experience of Carol was less immersion and more admiration at the craft that had gone into fashioning such a beautiful object. The evocation of another world is faultless, from the wood-panelled department stores to the smokey upstairs parties which are veritably begging for the impending arrival of rock'n roll. Cinematography, set...

4.0
0

This is a good story told by by one today's best filmmakers - enthralling drama, highly recommended.

5.0
0

Exquisite. Filled to the brim with raw, aching emotion and desire. Just perfect in every way.

5.0
0

Beautifully crafted and Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic, but I probably won't ever watch Carol again. It's quite slow, I didn't enjoy it that much. Grade: B-

3.0
0

A great romance movie - Blanchett and Rooney both giving wonderful performances and the film is well paced and engaging.

4.0
0

Carol is not the type of film I usually I go to the theatre to see. I had heard about the Oscar buzz the two leads were gathering after it premiered at Cannes Film Festival back in May 2015. Carol is a stand out film. It is a love story which succeeds or fails on the tow leads. Mara & Blanchett's performance and chemistry the audience will become...

4.0
0