Monday, December 14, 2015

Carol: Monday, December 14 2015

The impression I have been left with of Carol is to wonder what on earth Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara were thinking of when they agreed to take part in its production. Perhaps they needed the money. There is no story worth telling, and the director was lingering lovingly over so much of what might by a stretch of the imagination be called the action, the pace was too slow. It was impossible to relate to any of the characters, so one's feeling weren't touched except to long for it to end, as Maureen said. The only positive thing to say is that Karen didn't walk out of it, as she has been known to do in the past.

Directed by Todd Haynes, based on the novel The Price of Sale by Patricia Highsmith, Carol is set in 1952 New York, when the book was written, the film won the Queer Palm Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. There is an interesting little anthropological twist in that the romance that is ending the marriage is between a married woman and a younger woman. In those days that was grounds for moral judgement that would affect the custody of the daughter. How times have changed! Apparently, the happy ending was unusual for gay literature written at that time.

We were treated to a little bit of lesbian sex, just to make sure we all understood what the film was about. I was glad that it didn't take too long to establish that fact. What makes directors think that people like this kind of thing! It is much more intriguing when the bedroom door is shut behind the participants. Perhaps my friends and I are not the intended market for this movie. If the married man had been having an affair with the younger woman, it would have been "same old, same old," and probably considered too hackneyed to be worth making a film about. The twist didn't save the boredom that this film induced in my friends and me.

Definitely NOT a "must see"!

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