Carol ★★★½

Gorgeously shot and very well edited. I also loved watching both Mara and Blanchett reacting to one another during their conversations. There were odd moments that stuck out (the scene where Therese is playing the piano comes to mind) as being not quite constructed properly, but that is a minor gripe. There is emotional honesty in the desperation of the characters, but never a conclusion to the story that brings any sort of resolution. Perhaps that is intentional considering that Carol tells Therese earlier in the film that young people are always looking for resolutions, but that life rarely offers them. If that is what the movie is hanging its hat on though, it feels a little too constructed and makes me enjoy the piece as a whole less.

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