Favorite LGBT Films: Carol

I’ll be doing a much bigger post on this later, but had to recommend this film right away. I realize I’m a bit late in talking about this, but if you haven’t seen Carol, drop what you are doing and go watch it.

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I watched this film for the first time a few weeks ago, and was so impressed with it! When it ended, I was in tears, ranting about “FINALLY, a good lesbian love story that actually has character development and…a HAPPY ENDING!” Directed by Todd Haynes, who is no stranger to LGBT film- he directed Velvet Goldmine and Far From Heaven- the story is heavily atmospheric and character driven by the gorgeous performances of the two lead actresses, Cate Blanchette (Carol) and Rooney Mara (Therese).

(Cate is going to come up a lot on this page, lol. I’m…kind of obsessed with her film roles.)

God, I loved the ending. The way it was done is…phenomenal. Watch how it parallels how the love story began in the beginning of the film.

This film is filled with symbolism and subtext that serves the textual plot rather than holding it back, for which I’m grateful, and is something I love in LGBT+ cinema. I can’t wait to walk through it all. (There’s a scene towards the beginning that I think about constantly, actually.)

The chemistry between Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara is off the charts, and has a twinge of darkness to it that I absolutely love. Most LGBT films that are made during eras/set during eras when homosexuality was a criminal offense tend to have that “forbidden fruit” feeling to them, and this is no exception. (Carol is set in the 1950s.) However, the dark edge transcends that and moves into something else. If you’ve read anything about the novel upon which this film is based, The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith, and the true story that inspired it, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Look at them. GOD. Every time I see that shot, I’m reminded of Dracula’s Daughter.

I cannot wait to write about it. All of it. Just had to recommend it now because it’s phenomenal.  Go watch it. I think I’m going to again, right now.

Keep the Faith!

-H

About hln351

Student of Gender and Sexuality Studies with a focus on Queer Studies, collector and purveyor of all things LGBT+, and passionate lover of the Arts.
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