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Movie Review: CAROL

     Actress Cate Blanchett stars in the new movie, CAROL, and I think she’s almost certain to earn a Best Actress nomination for her performance.

     The film tells the touching story of unexpected and forbidden love between a wealthy middle aged housewife and a young shop girl in the 1950’s.

     Beautiful cinematography, a poignant musical score, great acting, and a smart script—all combine to cast a bittersweet spell that builds to a stunning finish.

     It’s is one of the best movies of 2015.

Carol: Where’d you learn so much about train sets?
Therese: Oh I read. Too much probably.
Carol: That’s refreshing. Thank you. Merry Christmas (and as she walks away)I like the hat.

     Rooney Mara as Therese and Cate Blanchett as Carol meet in a department store in 1952.
      Therese is instantly smitten and because Carol leaves her gloves on the counter, Therese arranges to return them and receives an invitation to lunch.

       The glamorous and sophisticated Carol has a young daughter, but she and her husband are divorcing.  A few years earlier she had been romantically involved with a woman.                   
      Therese, on the other hand, is inexperienced. She has a boyfriend who wants to marry her, and she’s never acted on her attraction to women.

Carol: Would you like to come visit me this Sunday?
Therese: Yes.
Carol: What a strange girl you are?
Therese: Why?
Carol: Flung out of space.

      The attraction intensifies when they spend time together just before Christmas, much to the dismay of Carol’s husband.

Husband: What are you gonna do? Are you gonna stay here with the shopgirl in there? What are you gonna do?
Carol: Stop it.
Husband: Damn it. I put nothing past a woman like you, Carol.
Carol: You married a woman like me.

     Then Carol decides to invite Therese on a road trip which Carol’s former lover questions.

Abby: She’s young. Tell me you know what you’re doing.
Carol: I don’t…I never did.

     So the two go off together and gradually fall in love which gives Carol’s husband a chance to try for sole custody of their daughter.

     It’s a sad situation for everyone involved. Not only are Carol and Therese 20 years apart and from different worlds, but their kind of love is taboo in the 1950’s.

Carol (to Therese in a letter): Everything comes full circle. We gave each other the most breath taking of gifts.

     I won’t reveal what happens to these women. But I will say their story is the most beautifully made film I saw in 2015.

     Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.

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