Carol (2015)

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In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Intro to "Carol"
"Carol" is a 2015 romantic drama movie directed by Todd Haynes and based upon Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel "The Price of Salt". The movie stars Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird and Rooney Mara as Therese Belivet, and it is set in early 1950s New York. It was well-known by critics and received various awards and nominations for its movie script, direction, and lead performances, particularly for Blanchett and Mara.

Plot Overview
The movie follows the burgeoning relationship between Carol, a sophisticated older lady going through a difficult divorce, and Therese, a young aspiring photographer working in an outlet store. The 2 females satisfy during the Christmas season when Therese serves Carol at the shop counter. There is an immediate connection which is further ignited when Carol leaves her gloves on the counter, sparking an exchange that will draw the 2 women into each other's lives.

As Carol navigates through a custody fight for her child, her estrangement from her partner Harge (played by Kyle Chandler) becomes increasingly contentious. He is worried about Carol's relationships with females and threatens to expose her in order to acquire full custody of their daughter.

Developing Romance and Personal Struggles
Therese is intrigued and deeply drawn to Carol, and their relationship turns into a romantic relationship. The set embark on a journey which enables their passion and bond to deepen far from the restraints of society. However, the journey likewise functions as a driver for major turmoils in their individual lives. Therese is faced with the choice of whether or not to continue her relationship with her partner Richard (played by Jake Lacy), who wants a standard future with her, while Carol needs to challenge the severe realities of her divorce.

Social Pressures and the Impact on the Relationship
The 1950s was a period when societal conformity and conservative values were at their peak, and the taboo of same-sex relationships is a main theme in "Carol". Carol and Therese's love is not just a personal matter, however an extreme act in the context of the time. The pressures of society bear down heavily on them, producing tension and requiring hard decisions as they attempt to browse their desires within the restraints imposed on them.

Resolution and Consequences
The relationship in between Carol and Therese faces its ultimate test when Harge utilizes proof of Carol's relationships with ladies as a means to require her into a contract throughout the divorce procedures. In an act of self-preservation and sacrifice, Carol selects to let go of Therese rather than put her love life up for public scrutiny, which might harm her possibilities of being with her daughter.

Conclusion: The Enduring Nature of Love
"Carol" concludes on a more enthusiastic note, as both Carol and Therese begin afresh in their lives, with Carol securing a task and visiting her daughter, while Therese pursues her interests in photography. The movie ends with a reunion in between Carol and Therese, which suggests the possibility of reconnection. "Carol" portrays remarkably the complexities of love, the pain of loss, and the nerve it requires real to oneself. It serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring nature of love, as well as a commentary on the progress society has made in terms of approval and equality, encapsulating the emotions, disputes, and durability of 2 individuals predestined to be a part of each other's lives.

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