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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

CAROL [2015]

Based upon eccentric author Patricia Highsmith's groundbreaking novel of the same name, director Todd Haynes crafts a beautiful looking 1950's "forbidden" love story with Carol.
Two woman, coming from completely different lifestyles, find they have a deep attraction to each other that goes against the grain of the uppity times and dismay of their intolerable male partners.
As always, Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara both turn in some pretty solid performances that are haunted, sensitive and so very human.  Haynes takes us into a gorgeously photography gloomy, cold world that offers it's only warmth in the embrace of it's two troubled female protagonists.  The tale is told in such frank clarity, I think it would have benefited with only focus on Rooney Mara's point of view, allowing the narrative to flow a little smoother.
Aided by the beauty of composer Carter Burwell's music, Carol is a visual and audio feast for the senses that leaves so much to ponder upon with what should be so simple.

4 road trips out of 5

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