Monday, July 11, 2016

Carol 2015

     This film is an adaptation written by Phyllis Nagy based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt.  The setting is New York of the 1950’s.  Therese Belivet is in her 20’s and working Christmas of 1952 as a clerk in a Manhattan’s Frakenberg Department Store.  She helps Carol Aird order a train set for her daughter’s Christmas gift.  Carol is married to Harge Aird and she is trying to break from her marriage.  They are a wealthy couple and they have a young daughter Rindy.  Harge uses Rindy as a pawn to end the marriage and take Rindy from her mother. 
     Cate Blanchett is stunning in her role as Carol Aird.  She gleams, glows, shines and you can’t take your eyes off of her.  The acting by Cate and Roonie is very good and believable.  I liked the story, vintage cars, clothing, mannerisms and hairstyles.  4 ½* (I really liked this movie) 

118 min, Drama directed by Todd Haynes with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith, Kevin Crowley, Nik Pajic, Carrie Brownstein, Sadie Heim.

Note:  Imdb 7.3 out of 10, 94% critic 73% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*, Amazon 4.3* out of 5* with 721 reviews.
Special Note:  This film won six Academy Awards, five Golden Globe Award nominations, nine BAFTA Award nominations, awards from the New York Film Critic Circle, Los Angeles Film Critic Association.

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