Ever since Carol dazzled critics at the Cannes Film Festival (at which Rooney Mara won Best Actress) — and actually, ever since the film was announced — waiting for a first trailer has seemed like an aching eternity. The film is a collaboration between some of the most exciting names in film — acclaimed director Todd Haynes, Cate Blanchett and, as mentioned, Mara — and even more enticingly, it promises a love story between two of the best actresses in Hollywood. (If relatively large films centering around romantic relationships between men are rare, those between women seem even rarer). Alas, the first trailer is finally here, in all its elegant brevity.
At 1:10 minutes, it doesn’t reveal much, but it’ll certainly revamp excitement as audiences await the November 20 US release of the film based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt. It does entice with its fuzzy, distant depiction of 1950s Manhattan, in which Mara plays a department store clerk named Therese Belivet, who falls in love with Blanchett’s unhappily high-status, older married character, Carol. And, of course, seeing Blanchett and Mara exchange weighty glances at each other across old fashioned table settings is, for the time being, plenty.
Watch the trailer: