Carol ★★★★★

"Ask me things. Please."

Giving it the full five stars on second viewing, because there was so much I missed the first time around.

This film is all about seeing and being seen. As I said in my previous review, Carol and Therese do not so much find a liberation in each other as was the case in 'All That Heaven Allows' or 'Angst essen Seele auf', as they already know themselves. Therese and Carol see the other, recognise that they know themselves in the same manner - and that's where the romance blossoms.

In 'All That Heaven Allows', Cary and Ron are constantly seperated by vertical lines in the shot; in 'Angst Essen Seele Auf', Emmi and Ali are framed together by doorways and windows; here, Carol and Therese are looking through windows. Reminiscent of Saul Leiter's stunning photography, they see out into the world through windows, with shadows of the outside world reflected on the windowpane. The outside world is pushing in on them, caging them in as they sit together in that car or cafe - but with a final look shared between them, they reject the outside world and choose each other, and I am covered in gooseflesh.

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