Carol ★★★★½

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A brutal, heartbreaking film featuring two towering central performances, an outstanding supporting cast, and immaculate period details, Todd Haynes urges a reconsideration of handling romance on screen by proving that the expression of it should not be confined to privacy, regardless of the gender of the individuals involved. Ironically, there are no direct references made to homosexuality by any character during the film, only allusions through language that is biting and full of implication, giving the drama an edge that allows it to address such timely matters in glorious 1950s misé en scene. This is a haunting work, shot with an elegance that matches the era and a timelessness that can only be found in the kind of acting Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara deliver so effortlessly. Accompanied by a beautiful score, touching on such relevant themes throughout, 'Carol' is an emotionally devastating and lovely piece of filmmaking.