We’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Carol since we first heard word of the Cate Blanchett/Rooney Mara romance drama earlier this year, after it screened at Cannes. This second trailer has us even more intrigued than the first.
To get you up to speed, Carol, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith story, The Price of Salt, is shaping up to be the lesbian analog to 2005’s Brokeback Mountain—a tale of two people in love, struggling with identity in an era where same-sex romance was barely even spoken of, let alone accepted. The Todd Haynes film features Blanchett as a 1950s society housewife and Mara as the younger object of her affection. Their love, as you can see above, looks very real and, given the setting, very much in danger.
With a cast including Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein, Kyle “Coach Taylor” Chandler, and AHS’ Sarah Paulson, Carol seems destined for an awards run that should take its two leads all the way to the Dolby Theatre. More than that though, its look at closeted Americans 50 years ago seems on point at a moment where we’re still dealing with genuine political efforts to roll back all the progress we’ve seen over the last half century.
Also, the clothes look pretty damned amazing, and we just can’t turn down Blanchett in period costume. Carol will be in select theaters starting November 20.