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Todd Haynes
In 1952 New York CIty, Therese Belivet, a lonely young woman, is starting out her adult life in Manhattan and looking for her chance to break through into her dream job as a theater set designer. She is dating a young man, named Richard, whom she does not love and does not want to have sex with. On a long and monotonous day working in the toy department of a department store, Therese is struck by an elegant and beautiful woman in her late 30s, whom she serves. The woman, Carol Aird, gives her address to Therese in order to have her purchases delivered. On an impulse, Therese sends Carol a Christmas card to her home address. Carol, a woman approaching age 40, is is going through a difficult separation and divorce from his husband Harge, and is herself quite lonely. Therese develops a strong attachment to Carol, but she is unsure how to understand her feelings towards this other woman. Carol, who once had a same-sex tryst with her best friend, Abby, is also drawn to Therese, but realizes her feelings could jeopardize her custody battle with Harge over their only daughter.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The Guardian Peter Bradshaw

    It is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished: the clothes, the hair, the automobiles, the train carriages, the record players, the li...

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Blanchett makes an indelible impression as a woman who, through breeding, intense personal cultivation and social expectations, has brilliantly mastered the skill of navigating thr...

  • 90

    Screen International Tim Grierson

    It's such stately, evocative, confident filmmaking, the only reservation being that it's also a bit chilly.

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