Saturday, 19 December 2015

Carol (Very Good, 5/5)

A powerful forbidden love story in the USA of the 1950s where love was crouched by social norms and structures. A fresh and a fantastic film.

The latest Todd Haynes' film is a masterpiece. We haven't seen a love story of this kind in a long time. Not because the film puts the overwhelming discrimination and the lack of understanding of  society with homosexuals in the background but because we have not seen such an authentic love story in a long-time. When the Rom-Com films sell love as a commodity , films like Carol teaches them what love actually is. 

Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic. They would both deserve an Oscar. Two women bounded by a prohibited love. Living in a world where women are merely objects and used for domestic tasks. Their gender and real desires are repressed by a man-dominated society. Gender inequalities is normal, homosexuality is a disease. In contrast to this, these two women fall in love and escape into a road trip for be submerged by their repressed love. Carol (Cate Blanchett) is a mature woman who has been married and knows society too well whilst Terese (Rooney Mara) is a young idealistic and naive woman. Both characters connect in their own personal oppositions to society and embrace that rebelliousness. 

Does that make their love more powerful? Not really. They simply love each other. Love is powerful and irrational. It cannot be explained. But obstacles lie ahead. Not only because society builds them but because we carry them as human beings. Carol explores these topics with subtlety and sensitivity.It never falls into the cliché. A fantastic film not about homosexuality but about love. Highly recommended. 

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