‘Carol’ Highsmith’s Tale Wows the Festival

It might have taken 63 years for Patricia Highsmith’s novel ‘The Price of Salt’ to reach our screens but the wait has been well worth it.

Carol is a tender, devastating romance between Mara’s wide-eyed shop assistant Therese and Cate Blanchett’s Carol, an elegant socialite and mother with everything to lose.   Todd Haynes is the magician here, steering us through this period tale of illicit romance.  Highsmith even published the book under a pseudonym,  Claire Morgan. for fear that it might sully her reputation as writer of ‘Strangers on a Train’.   Dealing with themes of conventional marriage, social norms, privilege Carol reaches out over the decades to still touch the viewer even in an LGBT enlightened society.  It is a tribute to Haynes tat he has been able to make this timeless transition and it is a credit to his entire production team that the settings of a mid-century America are so perfectly evoked.  This is a great festival film that is destined to become a true classic.

See It at BFI LFF

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