Carol ★★★★★

Did not notice the near direct remake of the opening scene of Brief Encounter the first time I watched this, and in fact, I've kind of realised that Carol is probably most comparable to Brief Encounter in terms of form and content than perhaps any other movie. It's obvious Noël Coward set out to create a queer-coded story with Brief Encounter, a story of forbidden love that queer audiences have always identified with. Carol is a similarly tender and moody love story with an extremely quiet intimacy and a circular structure where the first scene plays out twice gaining a far deeper significance the second time. Almost makes you wonder what a David Lean and Noël Coward adaptation of The Price of Salt would have looked like if we lived in an alternate universe where filmmakers of that era were even allowed to approach that kind of material.

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