Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara won raves at the Cannes Film Festival for their new movie “Carol,” and now a new trailer shows why. They plumb the depths of forbidden love in 1950s America in a torrid lesbian love affair.
Mara went on to win the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor for best actress.
The film focuses on the social and moral implications of two women in love during very uptight times. It also plays off class distinctions.
Blanchett, 46, plays Carol Aird, a wealthy, older Manhattan socialite who becomes infatuated with Rooney’s younger character, Therese Belivet. She’s a so-called “shop girl” who would be scorned by Carol’s social circle.
As it turns out, both are married to men. But the attraction between them is irresistible.
The scandalous relationship can only end in tragedy and ruined lives. But this film has a twist. (Sorry, no spoilers!)
It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 semi-autobiographical novel “The Price of Salt.” It also stars Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler.
The book was so scandalous for its time, Highsmith published it under a pseudonym. It was later republished under her own name and titled “Carol” some four decades later, in 1990.
Todd Haynes, best known for “Far From Heaven,” I’m Not There” and Mildred Pierce,” directed. The film screened to critical reviews at the 2015 Cannes festival in May.
The latest trailer follows the release of a teaser in August.
This is not only a story about love, but about the complications of love, from Carol’s loveless marriage, to her obligations to her family and children.
Like the initial teaser, this trailer is a mood piece, featuring lush cinematography and very little dialogue.
Carol opens in limited release in November and is sure to whet Oscar appetites.
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