, Romance

Director: Todd Haynes Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy, John Magaro, Cory Michael Smith, Kevin Crowley, Nik Pajic, Carrie Brownstein, Trent Rowland, Sadie Heim, Kk Heim, Amy Warner, Michael Haney

Synopsis: Set in 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Oscar Nominations: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Cate Blanchett); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Rooney Mara); Best Adapted Screenplay (Phyllis Nagy); Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Original Score (Carter Burwell)

A Word from the Guise: Firstly, I should explain that I have a terrible knack for being utterly disinterested in anything following a film that I have been eagerly anticipating. In this case, that film would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Everything that I’ve watched subsequently has seemed mundane, and under normal circumstances I feel I would be quite taken with Carol. But I watched it with impatience, not fully appreciating its beauty. What I can say with certainty is that Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are divine, and Carter Burwell’s score is enigmatic and breathtaking.