Todd Haynes, USA 2015, 118’

In 1950s New York, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), an aspiring photographer in her 20s working as a department-store clerk, falls for an older, married woman, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett). The subtle fascination flowers into passion and a socially suspect liaison that devours victims from both sides. Haynes eschews sensationalism and obvious romantic themes to show a bond between the two women [that] plays out as elegantly as the period dressing surrounding them,as noted by IndieWire in a dispatch from Cannes. Carol is in fact an impeccable living postcard from a world gone by. Titillating costumes, production design, music and phenomenal cinematography by Ed Lachman simmer on the screen through living streets, clubs, stores and fashion from Eisenhower-era Manhattan. While Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt, on which the script is based, accentuates lesbian and feminist themes, the film is more universal. Haynes shares a story about the price we pay for passion and following our heart, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation.


Cannes IFF 2015 – Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Queer Palm

Todd Haynes

Los Angeles native Todd Haynes (b. 1961) is an American director and screenwriter. He gained fame with his short film, The Karen Carpenter Story, that employs Barbie dolls to describe Carpenter's struggle with anorexia. His film Poison, about social outcasts, won the Grand Prix at Sundance, Velvet Goldmine, loosely based on the biography of David Bowie, triumphed at Cannes, and the experimental I'm Not There is based on the life of Bob Dylan. Haynes's oeuvre is often associated with the queer cinema movement.

Selected filmography

1987 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (short)

1995 Schronienie / Safe

1998 Idol / Velvet Goldmine

2002 Daleko od nieba / Far from Heaven

2007 I'm Not There. Gdzie indziej jestem / I'm Not There

Cast & Crew

director Todd Haynes
screenplay Phyllis Nagy
cinematography Edward Lachman
editing Affonso Gonçalves
music Carter Burwell
cast Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy
producer Elizabeth Karlsen, Tessa Ross, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
production Number 9 Films, Film4, Killer Films
Polish distributor Vue Movie
language English
coloration colour
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