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With Cate Blanchett, Roony Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Written by Phyllis Nagy, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Directed by Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes is not a filmmaker marred by fear, neither of his subject mater, nor his execution of it. As an openly gay director, I do feel this story is far more justified in his hands than that of a straight director, for obvious reasons.

Carol finds herself living a lie as a married mother in 1950s New York. She meets therese, a younger shop attendant and aspiring photographer. Slowly they fall for each other, but the moral climate of the time has their passion for one another suppressed. With a fluid, understated flow bringing life to the 1950s (in both its atmosphere and look), what you get is a beautiful love story that feels real and authentic, but certainly not without its heartache.

Around the same time this DVD slid across the desk, I spotted it in a list of 100 best movies since the new millennium. It was placed at number 69. While it is a well-crafted movie one would expect of Haynes and Blanchett, I'm not hundred percent sure if it should be on the list (but what would it be replaced with? District 9? Kung Fu Hustle?)

5 / B
- Paul Blom

0 1 2 3 4 5 6
- A - B - C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multiple Viewing Potential
B: Deserves Another Look
C: Once Should Suffice

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