Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara star in the lesbian romance Carol, based on the novel ‘The Price of Salt’ by author Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Strangers on a Train). Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Drama, Romance, Adaptation
Director: Todd Haynes
Screenwriter: Phyllis Nagy
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language.
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light.