Romance in the fifties in New York City must have been different than the romance we see today. Sure, the feelings of love haven’t changed and the emotion continues to be the strongest force of expression, but romance is a different story altogether. When in the fifties, a young female photographer falls for a married woman, it forms the beginning of a new romance. But is the society ready for a romance between two consenting adult women? A relationship marked with turmoil and with no real future begins between the two. The film follows the story of these ladies.
Carol has been nominated for six Academy Awards this year. The story is powerful and trailer gives us a sense of a performance-heavy film. Both the lovely ladies, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have been nominated by the Academy. Director Todd Haynes’s brilliance is almost visible through the trailer snapshots which give us so much in the short two to three minutes. The romantic drama has been based on the groundbreaking 1952 romance novel by Patricia Highsmith. The novel is called The Price of Salt and was published under a pseudo name. But in 1990 the author republished the novel and titled it as Carol. It is said that the novel was semi-autobiographical. The screenplay of Carol has been written by Phyllis Nagy. The development of the movie was over a eleven year period.
The film is set in a period when society wasn’t open to the idea of two people of same sex being in a relationship. Carol is about two women in different staged of life who find love and attraction bringing them closer. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are brilliant in the film. The actresses have prepared hard for the roles and if you watch the trailer you will see how perfect the two look.
Carol’s journey from script to production and eventually to the screen has been a long one. Even though British producer Elizabeth Karlsen of Number 9 Films came across the script in 2004, the casting and production started only in 2013. The filming began in Dec 2013 and was shot in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film was very long and a lot of scenes were cut in the post-production. The film premiered as the Gala event for BFI London Film Festival. It was also screened at the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and at the New York Film Festival in 2015. The response to the romantic movie has been great and it went on to collect applause from both the audience and the critics. On the box Office, Carol has generated almost USD 33 million. With a budget of just USD 11.8 million, the film has already made thrice the amount of money.