December 10, 2015 — This year’s San Francisco Track and Field Club Movie and Social night concludes with a partnership with The Weinstein Company for a special preview screening at AMC Van Ness for the highly anticipated mid century drama, CAROL.
Adapted from American author Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr Ripley) novel “The Price of Salt,” CAROL follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) is a clerk working in the toy department of a Manhattan department store. Her eyes comes to life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman whose beauty and elegance arouse the curiosity of Therese. As the spark between the two women becomes a flame that gives them hope of finding that true love, Carol’s steps are checked by her unforgiving husband who threatens to keep their daughter away from her should she go ahead with the divorce. This love that was unspoken of in the fifties, illustrates the pain and the seemingly impossible circumstance that gays and lesbians have to surmount in a pre-Stonewall era.
Helmed by Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”), CAROL is exquisitely filmed and beauty flows effortlessly between the characters and the mid-century New York that was painstakingly created. Rooney Mara won Best Actress in this year’s Cannes Film Festival and both herself and Cate Blanchett look set to score Oscar nominations in the coming year. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times calls CAROL a film that “universalizes from the particular, and it does so with exceptional skill and style.”
“Beauty” and “great performances” are the general comments coming from our members leaving the cinema. Rick Thoman describes Rooney Mara as “a young Audrey Hepburn” while Jennifer Divers praises, “the writing, acting, cinematography, really everything about it was incredibly well done. Also, it made me miss New York in the winter.”
Rob Maier loves the story telling device of showing the same scene at the toy department twice hence providing “a different perspective, figuratively and visually” for the audience on each occasion that the scene plays out, highlights how one seemingly simple event can have a life-changing impact in our lives.
The film successfully transports viewers back in the fifties where more than six decades later, we almost take the acceptance of lesbians and gays in big city America for granted. The film makes Koji Kawano “feel lucky and fortunate to be living in San Francisco today.”
CAROL opens in San Francisco December 11, 2015.
In the past year, Sean Au’s Movie & Social Night has screened “Unbroken,” “Foxcatcher,” “McFarland, USA,” “Big Eyes,”, “Things We Do In The Dark,” “Sleeping with Other People” and “Carol.”