Carol ★★★★½

Slightly down on this from my last viewing, though I think I appreciate even more the film's intertextual avenues, especially the various ways it codes the film as a tragedy only to subvert those codes in the final minutes. I'm a little bothered that the happy ending is predicated on Carol's "I love you" throwing off Therese's composure, a sort of last ditch power move to regain control of a relationship she's otherwise always had full control over--but then, why shouldn't she say what they, and we, both know to be true, at least within the context of the fiction? And Haynes is so attuned to those power dynamics anyway--the way Therese's complexly drawn and relatable psychology comes in contact with Carol the icon, the diva--that it never feels disingenuous.