Still from Carol (2015).

Utterly and breathtakingly enchanting, Carol is a carefully paced masterwork. Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara bring their own poise and craft to the wonderfully understated emotional whirlwinds of their flawed but magnificently humane characters. The production design, editing, background score: everything trickles in unobtrusively, supplying the unhurried narration with a calm sense of devastating power.

What a film this is. Those images will be stuck in my head for a very long time, and I’m a better person for it. Hauntingly beautiful.


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