A film by Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
The book, “The Price of Salt,” eventually published in 1952 under a pseudonym has finally come to life at the movies. We know the author of the book is Patricia Highsmith. Carol is a lesbian sub-culture of the 1950s closet kind of film.
Therese (Rooney Mara) works behind the toy counter at a department store in New York City. She has a sort-of boyfriend (Jake Lacy), and a fun group of pals (all men), but there is something about her attitude behind that counter that suggests Therese is waiting … for what she doesn’t know, and what the does not know is coming soon. An elegant Blonde comes to the counter and somehow some sparks flies but the transaction that is going to take place is business like and a little flirtatious. The there is Harge (Kyle Chandler) and Harge and Carol (Cate Blanchett) are separated, and fighting over access to their young daughter. There is some friction between the two because they are fighting for the custody of their child. Therese and Carol takes off on a trip where it is going to be revealing that the relationship will go to an other level.
The thing is this film is about relationship, and loneliness, it is film in a manner of a film noir here. It is also about the late 40’s where lesbian relationship were deep in the closet and taboo. Harge is lonely but still loves his wife and wants to get back together of course he is selfish, in the other hand Carol knows where she stands but she knows not too come out of the closet because they will be consequences. Therese who does not know where she stand has a boyfriend but not really in love with him, it looks like she is trying to find out someone who will listen to her. Back then man was in control of their relationship but women was living in the shadows of the husband. Everybody in this film is lonely as hell and are trying to figure out how to fix things where it might be already too late.