Day 312: Carol (January, 15)

The goddess and the fairy <3
A delicately woven love story, this is Carol. Not only a love tale, but one about people and how social rules and prejudices make this world a hard place to be most of the times. Love is universal, and by then we should have understood that already.

At some point in the story, Carol asks her boyfriend if the had ever been in love with a guy. He says no, and she inquires if he had have heard of that. "Of Course," He says. "I mean, have I heard of people like that? Sure." Her answer is simple and spot on: "I don't mean people like that. I mean two people who just... fall in love. With each other. Say, a boy and a boy. Out of the blue".

Just that. Falling in love.

It is situated in '50s New York, but we never feel like all the prejudices and disrespect are old. They very actual, and the different time only highlights that.

Another quote, a single sentence, had me in tears: "What a strange girl you are... flung out of space", said by Cate Blanchet, summarizing that moment when we identify in one another a kindred soul. An universe in a few words and an amazing performance.

Adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, the story has a heartbreaking feeling of reality - it was actually loosely based on Highsmith romance with an older woman. Some events in this movie is dreadful to a point that it could only be based on facts.

Cate Blanchet and Rooney Mara together are a sight to behold. I'm a big fan of both artists - both can do whatever they want, be whoever they want to be, they're that good. And together they were just outstanding. It is evident how they worked well with each other. There is no other alternative than to be amazed. Through their performances we can marvel at every glance, all the tiny details, the outwordly cinematography, that captures how exquisite and scary falling in love is. A true gem, this movie is.

Carol. Directed by Todd Haynes. With: Cate Blanchet, Rooney Mara.
Writers: Phyllis Nagy, from the novel by Patricia Highsmith. UK/USA,
2015, 118 min., Dolby Digital, Color (Cinema).

PS: Carter Burwell is one of my favorite movie composers. This score is not his best work, I reckon, but it is still beautiful. The whole soundtrack is stunning, as the movie.

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