Carol ★★★★½

It’s amazing how the aspects that a lot of viewers and critics - myself included - found “cold” or “distancing” in 2015 actually blossom into something substantial on a second viewing. Of course the two leads have to suppress the fiery emotions and passions they wish to convey, they are living in ultra-repressed times (the trio of references to Eisenhower’s impending election in the form of radio announcements and television footage reminds us and the characters of this). As one character remarks, in film you can compare what people want to say against what they’re actually saying, and Therese and Carol’s public relationship relies on subtle glances and assumed intent in place of their true intentions, for their safety.