Previously at the ICA - Films
27 Nov 2015 – 11 Feb 2016
In atmospheric 1950s New York, the titular Carol (Blanchett) is marooned in an unhappy marriage to rich businessman Harge Aird (Kyle Chandler, Zero Dark Thirty) when a chance meeting with dreamy shop assistant Therese (Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) sparks a slow-burning romance between the two women. This prompts much soul-searching and subterfuge on their part, and a bitter custody battle with Harge over Carol’s only child, Rindy (winning newcomer K. K. Heim). Paired again with Todd Haynes, the maverick director of I’m Not There, Blanchett gives a devastating performance that should be an Oscar shoo-in, with Mara not far behind; their on-screen chemistry fully exploits Phyllis Nagy’s emotionally muscular, pitch-perfect adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s landmark novel.
Carol, dir. Todd Haynes, UK/USA/France 2015, 119 mins.