Carol (2015) is a romantic drama film directed by Todd Haynes. The movie is based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. The movie shows a lesbian love story between Carol and Therese.
The movie starts during the Christmas season of 1952, where Carol is searching for a doll for her daughter Rindy. Therese plays the role of a toy seller, tells Carol the doll is out of stock, but she could buy a train set for delivery instead. Here is when the two women are attracted to each other.
After not getting a doll, Carol orders the train set but leaves her gloves on Therese’s counter so, Therese asks the delivery department for her address and sends back the gloves to Carol.
Later, Carol receives the gloves sent by Therese. But there’s is some tension going between Carol and her husband because of her deep friendship with a woman named Abbey.
On sending the gloves back, Carol invites Therese to her place to spend Sunday as her husband is going to Florida for Christmas. Soon looking at this, Carlo’s husband and Therese’s boyfriend are not okay with letting both the ladies meet, and they get separated.
After they apart, Therese has “suddenly blossomed,” and Carol has sorted out her home, they manage to meet again. Not being able to meet, Carol doesn’t get depressed. She appears now as a strong woman. Now Therese can make decisions for herself and can speak to Carol without being stopped by anyone.
The best thing about the ending is that no one dies, nor no one gets stuck or depressed. In fact, the lovers meet each other again on the other! With this happy ending, they aren’t lesbians, but they are lovers. They need to be treated as just two lovers who want to land at the right time and place to be together.
This ending is happy and refreshing because it goes against the mindset of what is expected of dramas. Leaving the characters to suffer and survive their challenges, their growth is shown. At last, Carol and Therese, their exes, and Rindy have deserved happiness.
~The little moments — the silences, the looks, the longing — build and build, to power a freight train of feeling. — Carol
Here is the trailer for you to watch this wonderful movie.