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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Carol (2015)

I found this movie to be everything that it should be.  It is based on a Patricia Highsmith book about an affair that she had with an older woman in the 1950s.  Carol (played by Cate Blanchett)is trying to divorce her husband, who knows about an affair that she had with another woman, but who believes that they should be together.  He is not above blackmailing her to get what he wants, which is her back.  If she refuses him, and she does repeatedly, he keeps upping the ante.  He will drag her name through the mud in court and she will never see her daughter.  Amidst that rigmarole, Carol starts her affair with Terese (played with hesitancy and restraint by Rooney Mara), and there is a collision that occurs which brings the movie to its peak.  The costumes and era of midcentury America is exquisite, and it was filmed to reflect the time.  It is very well done, but  slow paced and measured.

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