In 1950s New York, a young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk at a department store during the holiday season who dreams of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother —as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. This adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novelThe Price of Saltby master melodramatist Todd Haynes is ripe for rediscovery — as it’s blossomed into a Queer Christmas classic in the years since its initial release.
"CAROL possesses the same quiet, catlike powers of its magnetic title character: It swirls around to ambush you ... and make you swoon.”—Ann Hornaday, Washington Post