The film not only deals with two women in love during very uptight times, socially and morally. It also plays off class distinctions.
Blanchett, 46, plays Carol Aird, a wealthy, married Manhattan socialite who becomes infatuated with Rooney’s character, Therese Belivet. She’s a so-called “shop girl” who would be scorned by Carol’s social circle.
The two delve into a potentially scandalous relationship that can only end in tragedy and ruined lives. But this film has a twist.
It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 semi-autobiographical novel “The Price of Salt” and also stars Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler.
The book was so scandalous for its time, Highsmith published it under a pseudonym. It was later republished under her own name and titled “Carol” some four decades later, in 1990.
It’s taken almost as long to get the script into production. It was under development for 11 years by British producers. Filming finally began in March a year ago.
Todd Haynes, best known for films “Far From Heaven,” I’m Not There” and Mildred Pierce,” directed. The film screened to critical raves at the 2015 Cannes International Film Festival in May.
It was nominated for the prestigious grand prize, the Palme d’Or. Rooney won the award for best actress.
Critics singled out for plaudits Hayne’s direction, Blanchett’s and Rooney’s acting and the lush cinematography.
The trailer is a mood piece that features the film’s lush look and swooning soundtrack. It contains virtually no dialogue.
Check it out below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest movie news. The film hits theaters Nov. 27.