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Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:118 min
Director:Todd Haynes
Producer:Elizabeth Karlsen
Stephen Woolley
Christine Vachon
Screenwriter:Phyllis Nagy
Cinematographer:Edward Lachman
Editor:Affonso Gonçalves
Cast:Cate Blanchett
Rooney Mara
Sarah Paulson
Kyle Chandler
Print Source:The Weinstein Company
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


From its first moment, what we experience through and in the eyes of Carol’s two brilliant leads opens the door to an incredibly rich cinematic experience, beautifully rendered by Todd Haynes (I’m Not There, MVFF 2007). It's Christmas, early 1950s: In the bustling department store where she works, Therese (Rooney Mara) is struck by an impeccable, well-heeled woman who’s shopping for her daughter. A brief, unspoken, love-at-first sight moment. After Carol (Cate Blanchett) absent-mindedly leaves behind her gloves, Therese returns them, opening the door to romantic connection. Carol leaves her already-foundering marriage to Harge (Kyle Chandler, also wonderful) and takes off on a road trip with the object of her affection. It’s a journey that is beautifully paced, impeccably observed, and deeply sensual, its luscious images a testament to the riches of Super 16mm. Haynes’ exquisite film does great justice to Patricia Highsmith’s—aka Claire Morgan—legendary, game-changing book The Price of Salt.

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Todd Haynes was always interested in the arts, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown University where he majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988). His first feature, Poison (1991) was even more controversial. It was attacked by conservatives and Christians, who said it was pornographic, but it won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It is now considered a seminal work of the new queer cinema. His next features included Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998), and Far from Heaven (2002), which garnered four Academy Awards. With I’m Not There (2007), Haynes portrayed Bob Dylan via seven fictional characters played by six different actors. In 2011, Haynes directed Mildred Pierce, a five-hour miniseries for HBO starring Kate Winslet. His new feature film Carol (2015), with Cate Blanchett, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to rave reviews and won Best Actress for Rooney Mara.