Carol ★★★★

Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19
Week 15: Holiday Week

For a holiday week watch it's only tangentially related to Christmas (and New Year's), but those deep reds and greens throughout sure look like the most gorgeous Christmas. The cinematography is eye candy all the way, with a powerful soundtrack that never overwhelms the film, but helps it flow smoothly.

Carol is a rather subtle, elegant film, focused more on the mood and the feelings behind people's expressions than having big plot events. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara both perform exceptionally, conveying so much so much about their characters outside of the spoken dialog.

Even if it's "predictable," watching 1950's society close in and drive people away from fulfilling their actual desires was still portrayed well and frustrating to watch, in a good way.

Side note: With a guy named Harge having a child named Rindy, I have to wonder if the author of the book this is based on has only distantly heard of what names are.

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