Forbidden love gets emotional

Carol starring Cate Blanchett. Photo: PA Photo/Studio Canal

Carol starring Cate Blanchett. Photo: PA Photo/Studio Canal

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Love tears good people apart in Todd Haynes’ masterful period drama, Carol, based on the novel The Price Of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.

Carol charts an unlikely romance between a shop girl and a glamorous housewife against the backdrop of early 1950s New York.

The impeccable style of the era conceals a maelstrom of raw emotion, which overflows as forbidden lovers discover the terrible cost of their liaisons.

In a year blessed with extraordinary performances from actresses, Haynes’ picture boasts the mesmerising on-screen pairing of Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, above, as independent women from opposite sides of the social divide, who seek refuge in each other’s arms.