“Carol”is an LGBT film, which has been termed as one of the best romanticdrama movies of all time. Todd Haynes, who directed this film, basedthe play on a 1952 novel called ThePrice of Saltthat was written by Phyllis Nagy. “Carol” is a moving and subtleplay. The two women in the play, Cate and Rooney refuse to liveaccording to the society’s standards and fight for their sexualorientation. Rooney Mara acts as Therese, who works at a Manhattandepartment store. She is an ambitious lady who wants to be aphotographer and in a relationship with Richard (Jake Lacy), herfiancé. On the other hand, Cate Blanchett, who acts as Carol Aird,is a homemaker, who is married to Harge, and with a daughter calledRindy.
Haynes,in this play, outstandingly crafted the movie and took the viewersthrough the narcotic realms of depression and self-control that thecharacters Carol and Therese went through in their relationships.Hynes with an inevitable schematic plot has expertly drawn the viewerinto Carol’s and Therese feelings and desires in theirrelationships, which are characterized by a lot of obstacles andpain.
Inthe movie, “Carol” Therese while working in the store, sees aglamorous woman looking at some toys in the store. Therese approachesthe lady who says that she is trying to find a Christmas present forher daughter. The two engage in a friendly conversation and Carolpurchases the toy present for her daughter. There is a clear instant,overpowering attraction between this two women and Carol illustratesthis by intentionally forgetting her gloves in the store, whichprobably allow them to meet again.
Theirrelationship gradually develops into a passionate romance. Theloneliness in their homes makes them closer. Haynes shows thatCarol’s marriage is in a critical situation. She is fighting forher daughter’s full custody and her husband Harges is trying hisbest to get evidence against his wife’s sexual orientation to havea full custody for his daughter.
Whenthe two women take a road trip from Manhattan to New Jersey, whichunfolds to an almost dreamlike experience they become more intimate.Despite Carol having a beautiful home and a lovely daughter she feelstrapped in her marriage, and she is anxiously looking for a means toescape. Mara, on the other hand, is independent and refuses theconservative nature of the old women. She listens to jazz, and she isreserved in her relationships and always think of her professionalcareer.
Onthe New Year’s Eve, Carol kisses Therese for the first time, andthey acknowledge their feelings for each other and end up having sex.During this time, a spy hired by Harge gets evidence against Carol.The spy sends the tape recording to Harge, which finally makes Carolto loose custody of her daughter. Carol’s relationship with Thereseis threatened since she cannot continue to be a lesbian if she wantedto see her daughter Rindy.
Theresethen finds a job at TheNew York Times.Carol on the other hand divorces and allows Harge to have fullcustody of Rindy and demands regular visitation to her daughter.Carol writes to Therese asking to meet her and reveals to her thatshe had found another job and had obtained a bigger house and asksTherese if she can live with her. Therese does not give a response,but when she feels out of place at a party she had attended, she goesout to look for Carol.
Thesetwo women refused to be victims of unhappy relationships and wentahead to find their happiness by accepting their sexual orientation.Haynes in this play succeeded to show how lesbians and gays try tohide their feelings and lead unhappy lives with the relationshipsregarded as right in the society. Carol is an example of women whohave accepted their nature and are ready to fight for what they trulywant and what makes them happy.