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In Tune: Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara in Carol

By Gregg Shapiro

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Carol.
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in Carol. Photo: ©2015 The Weinstein Company

The unlikeliest moments often make the most profound impact. Whether through a heartbreaking realization, the chance meeting of a kindred spirit or by always choosing the path less trodden, these exquisite selections will take your mind to unexpected places.



 

Spellbinding Affair

If Far From Heaven, with its rich palette of fall colors, was Todd Haynes’ autumn movie, then the acclaimed Carol (Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company) — based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt — is his ode to winter. Set mainly at Christmastime in 1950s Manhattan, Carol opens with a teary-eyed flashback. In this opening scene, Carol (Cate Blanchett) and department store clerk turned New York Times photographer Therese (Rooney Mara) are at a restaurant. The sequence, which recurs later in its entirety, is a classic Hollywood farewell scene, with the unspoken playing as prominent a role as the dialogue. But even as classic farewell scenes go, this moment may be far from the end for the

two women.

Carol’s husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler), started a family with her knowing about her past relationship with Abby (Sarah Paulson). Nonetheless, as the couple inches closer to divorce, he initiates legal action to prevent Carol from seeing their young daughter Rindy (Sadie Heim). It’s in this dramatic setting that Therese and Carol’s romance unfolds, as they move from innocent — but charged — flirtation to giving in to their mutual attraction. The development of the love affair is so mesmerizing that it’s easy to fall in love with Carol. DVD/Blu-ray special features include a Q&A with the cast and filmmakers, as well as a behind the scenes gallery.

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