Carol ★★★★½

"Just when you think it can't get worse. You run out of cigarettes."

Todd Haynes is painting with broad strokes in Carol, but it proves to be in his favor by the end of the film. I didn't want to leave the theater, I'd rather spend more time exploring the rich and compelling worlds of Therese and Carol. I'm glad Mara and Blanchett are getting recognition, both performances were transcendent. I have to watch it again, but the 16mm fuzziness and glow is kind to objects of a soft texture - skin, furs, fabrics, etc. - but makes objects that are shiny - guns, mirrors, cars, trains, etc. - glow with an ethereal vibration, leading me to believe in a deeper meaning. Not sure.

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