“I don’t know what I want. How could I know what I want if I say yes to everything?”
- What is this movie about?
In the New York of the 50s two women get to know each other and start to developing an intimate relationship with each other…
- Why should you watch it?
This movie rings to Oscars. Maybe it won’t win but it definitely will get some nominations, that’s for sure, if not check the Golden Globe Nominees list please!
So, there are two magnificent things in this movie: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. They are absolutely fantastic as the leading ladies of this dramatic story, the are the movie. Rooney steals the show all the time, you can feel all her onscreen emotions and she doesn’t even need to say a single word for that. As for Cate, when she steps into the frame all light goes her way, to her strong character. Sometimes words aren’t needed and just watching the two actress interact is enough to feel what they are feeling. They really know how to portray their characters and what is more, they make you feel their situation (don’t forget that is the fifties).
This movie will be an awards contender. It already has begun to collect some nominations and we will hear about it for a while; and that is not a surprise as the film really is a piece of art, the storyline might not be something to be surprised of but it is the how that matters and that wins us over.
- Did you know?
– The film is based on “The Price of Salt,” a book published in 1952 by Patricia Highsmith, under the pseudonym “Claire Morgan”. Highsmith retitled the novel “Carol” when she republished the book in the UK, under her own name, in 1990.
– According to Patricia Highsmith, the novel was inspired by a chance encounter she had with a blond woman in a fur coat that she saw shopping inside a department store in New York City, while she was working as a temporary sales clerk selling dolls, shortly before Christmas 1948. She recalled completing the outline in two hours that night, likely under the influence of chicken pox which she discovered she had the next day, saying “fever is stimulating the imagination”. She completed the novel by 1951.
– Film4 outgoing boss Tessa Ross said they had battled for 11 years to get the film made.
– Phyllis Nagy wrote the first draft of the script in 1996.
– The cinematographic look was inspired by the photography of Vivian Maier and Saul Leiter.
– The film received a standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival international press screening and premiere.