Ever since Carol debuted at Cannes, Todd Hayne‘s sumptuous 1950s melodrama has emerged as one of 2015’s major critical darlings. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as two women from drastically different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair. Carol (Blanchett) is an elegant middle-aged wife and mother trapped in an unsatisfying high-society marriage and Therese (Mara) is a twenty-something department clerk looking for a better life, but the two of them face an undeniable attraction that comes at exactly the wrong time in Carol’s life.
The latest trailer for the Awards contender highlights the romance and seduction of that attraction with a gorgeous dialogue-free trailer that immerses you in the Hayne’s lush 1950s aesthetic. Also starring Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Cory Michael Smith, Carol is currently playing in selects theaters and will expand theatrically over the next few weeks. Watch the new trailer and two new clips from the film below.
Here’s the official synopsis for Carol:
In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal 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. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her 20s, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol (Cate Blanchett), an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage. As an immediate connection sparks between them, the innocence of their first encounter dims and their connection deepens. While Carol breaks free from the confines of marriage, her husband (Kyle Chandler) begins to question her competence as a mother as her involvement with Therese and close relationship with her best friend Abby (Sarah Paulson) come to light. Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.