Carol. Todd Haynes. USA/UK.
Only the upcoming award season will be able to tell us whether the buzz patrol (or the hype train, as my friend Brian put it) had done a disservice to Todd Haynes’ latest triumph or not. After all, Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highman’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, has been gaining traction since last May, when it was poised to win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, only to lose out to Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan and be awarded a shared consolation prize for Best Actress (curiously awarded to Rooney Mara instead of Cate Blanchett and split between Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon roi). And yet with all the hype and all the praise surrounding Carol, I still found myself unspoiled and even a bit surprised by the film, an elegant and enthralling experience (two adjectives I never thought I’d see myself using to describe a Hollywood lesbian melodrama in 2015).
The Weinstein Company and StudioCanal respectively. UGC Distribution will open the film next week in France.