‘Carol’ is a sweet and subtle slow burning period piece worth your time.

Carol tells the story of a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life in 1950s New York when she falls for an older, married woman.

This is a film that’s very subtle, although the cinematography can seem a little off-putting and doesn’t show the entire scene, often cutting off half the action in attempts to be artful. The moments that were captured, however, were very quiet in which many conversations were conveyed through looks and innuendos.

Both leads in Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett show a nervous love of two individuals unsure of themselves and their place in that particular society in the height of an era where anything but a straight relationship was frowned upon. This view is vehemently held by Blanchett’s husband played by Kyle Chandler who sends a private investigator to follow them for evidence of her relations with women to gain full custody of their daughter.

I thought the film captured the time period in a very unique way. Nothing was overtly flashy or Normal Rockwell 50s, and at times it even felt gritty compared to most depictions of the era, but it was really beautiful.

It’s a sweet and subtle slow burning period piece worth your time.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.


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