Carol

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Todd Haynes presents an intoxicating and immaculate adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel which receives it's UK premier at the BFI London Film Festival today.

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Carol is a deeply romantic, emotionally honest love story about two women who courageously defy the suffocating conformities of mid-century America.

Therese (Rooney Mara) is an aspiring photographer, working in a Manhattan department store where she first encounters Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring older woman whose marriage is breaking down. Ambushed by their sudden attraction, the two women gravitate toward each other despite the threat their connection poses to both Therese’s relationship with her steady beau and Carol’s custody of her beloved young daughter.

Haynes has created a shimmering companion work to both his lush Technicolor melodrama Far From Heaven and the shadowy domestic noir Mildred Pierce, adopting a starkly different, more naturalistic prism through which to examine the contradictory optimism and paranoia of post-war America and its oppressive social mores.

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