Here’s the trailer for Carol. The defiantly non-Sapphic Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara play two ladies falling in love in the 1950s. Carol is a socialite who has an affair with a younger department store clerk played by Mara. Kyle Chandler plays Carol’s estranged husband. I’m sorry but I can’t suspend my disbelief for this one. Rooney is definitely an attractive extraterrestrial, but no one is leaving squinty, sexy, Texas football coachin’, Florida sheriffin’ Kyle Chandler. Did you see Bloodline? He’s all middle-aged, wavy hair, sorta getting a belly but who gives a fuck hot. Sweaty button-downs and the badge and trying to save his family from the psycho brother. It was like softcore gay porn!
It’s also the sort of film director Todd Haynes likes to make where he’s paying homage to his beloved dramas of yesteryear. This means there’s going to be a lot of lush period settings and melodramatic white women staring off into the distance or at each other. I’m sure it will be lovely but damn, they do a lot of staring.
Watch the trailer and a gallery featuring Cate and Rooney (with Todd Haynes) at Cannes back in May below. They look like they’re playing an alien mother and daughter in a made-for-TV Dune sequel.