Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara will be taking us on a romantic journey as they make falling in love look beautiful in the upcoming lesbian film Carol.

With two huge talents headlining the film directed by the acclaimed Todd Haynes, Carol received a warm reception earlier this year when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Since, it’s been generating an Oscar buzz — especially considering Mara took home the best actress award from the festival.


Carol is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt. Though the book is written in first person narrative and tells the story through Therese’s (Mara) almost voyeuristic lens — it will be interesting to see how the movie explores the desire, confusion and romance between the two female leads. After all, the film is set in the 1950s — a dark time for lady lovers trying to navigate the world.

This could be an important queer film that will bait at the masses with Blanchett playing the married socialite with a child Mara’s character inevitably falls in love with. Having been in the works for years, the film was adapted by Phyllis Nagy, and will finally make it to the big screen on Nov. 27.

Not to knock down lady loving gems like Imagine Me and You or DEBS, but Carol could be the queer film that raises visibility for the LGBTQ community through an acclaimed film that’s both artistic and accessible.

While you wait, read (or re-read) the gorgeous novel by Highsmith. It’s magic.

Image credit: Tumblr/lightscameraaction