Carol ★★★

Good story, well told.

...Really not understanding the ecstatic praise this one is receiving, though it is nice for a Hollywood movie about gay people to end with the main character NOT dying/going to prison/horribly depressed/etc.

Completely stray observation that I wouldn't dare utter in real life: There are two supporting characters in this movie who are suggested to be gay (Abby overtly, Genevieve much more subtly), and Todd Haynes has in both cases cast real-life GLBT actresses to play them (Sarah Paulson and Carrie Brownstein, respectively), and....I don't know for sure how I feel about that. Great for giving them work and all, but part of me wonders if it isn't a cheat? When Therese arrives at her colleague Jack's party in the film's penultimate scene, and amongst the group of anonymous extras we see Carrie Brownstein's familiar face....I mean, we know they're going to flirt. And....doesn't that scene work better with an unknown actress? I don't know.

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