|Rating: 7.6/10 (22,728 votes)
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Phyllis Nagy (screenplay), Patricia Highsmith (novel)
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy
Runtime: 118 min
Genre: Drama, Romance
Released: 15 Jan 2016
|Plot: An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.|
In 1952, Therese Belivet, a temporary shopgirl and aspiring photographer, is working in Frankenberg’s department store in Manhattan during the Christmas season. She sees a glamorous woman across the room looking at a model train set display. Based on Therese’s recommendation, the woman, Carol Aird, purchases a train set for her daughter as a Christmas present. Carol engages Therese in friendly conversation and when she departs accidentally leaves her gloves behind. Therese takes the gloves home and, using Frankenberg’s sales slip with Carol’s name and address, mails them to her.
Therese’s boyfriend, Richard, wants her to go to France with him and hopes they will marry, but she feels ambivalent about their relationship. A mutual friend, Dannie, invites Therese to his workplace, The New York Times, offering to introduce her to a photo-editor friend. During the visit, Dannie seizes the opportunity to kiss her. Therese lets him, but becomes uncomfortable and leaves. Meanwhile, Carol is going through a difficult divorce from her neglectful husband, Harge, with whom she has a young daughter, Rindy. Carol calls the store to thank the person who returned the gloves and invites Therese to lunch. The two find themselves intrigued with one another. Carol then invites Therese to her home in New Jersey for Christmas. Carol stops to purchase a Christmas tree and Therese takes candid photos of her. Harge arrives unexpectedly to take Rindy to Florida with him and becomes suspicious of Therese because Carol had an affair years before with her best friend, Abby. Therese witnesses their argument and, after Rindy is gone, a distressed Carol takes Therese to the train station and Therese returns home.