Carol ★★★★½

CAROL is a film that accomplishes the difficult task that films like THE MASTER and LOST IN TRANSLATION do so well, which is living with characters at their most vulnerable while also giving them a veil of inner agency that the viewer has to interpret for themselves. You're seeing characters lay bare their emotions, but you're also watching them think and the bond you develop with the film is processing what they're really thinking without it being spelled out to you. It's small gestures or glances and choosing to make or not make a critical decision without words. It's the sign of great film-making when three-dimensional characters can still have a privacy of mind, which is the most delicate, difficult but human of ways to observe characters.

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