Carol ★★★★

A tad tedious and Carter Burwell's score relies a bit too heavily on maudlin strings, but Carol beams with sumptuous imagery, outstanding performances, pitch-perfect period detail, and a titillating, bittersweet forbidden romance. Cate Blanchett is iconic and breathtaking in this role, oscillating from confidence to vulnerability with phenomenal precision. Rooney Mara matches Blanchett's wit as a quiet lonelyheart. Like other great recent LGBTQ+ films, Carol makes "searching for your true identity in a world that denies you of such a privilege" seem authentic and life-affirming and heartbreaking all in one. Happy pride month!!

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