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.
|nudity||First sex scene: An older and a younger woman kiss before going to a bed to make love. The older woman disrobes the younger and her breasts are made visible. They begin to kiss passionately. When the older woman goes to turn the bedside light off, the younger woman asks her not to. The older woman then disrobes but only the side of one breast can be seen. The kissing intensifies and the older woman kisses her way down the younger woman's chest and stomach, and moves in between her legs, while the younger woman moans softly and is shown expressing sexual ecstasy. The older woman then slides up the body of the younger woman, her exposed back visible, the two start to kiss again and there is a moment when they stop to gaze tenderly at each other. They again kiss lustfully and their sexual arousal heightens as the scene fades out. You can hear their heavy breathing and soft moans. Other than the brief nudity, nothing explicit is shown. Second lovemaking scene: The two women lie on a bed together. The older woman embraces the younger woman gently and kisses her softly. The younger woman responds to the emotion with yearning kisses and their kissing heightens and becomes ardent. The scene then cuts to the two asleep together, the camera moves down slowly, showing their bodies covered by the bed sheet and the two holding on to each other, implying that they had made love. Nothing explicit is shown.|
|violence||A woman wields a gun.|
|profanity||2 uses of the vulgar adjective "fucking". 3 uses of the interjection "goddamn". Jesus Christ No other profanities are heard in the film (although they appear in the shooting script, they were not included in the final cut).|
|alcohol||Some drinking: martinis, wine, and beer. No illegal drugs. Several characters are shown smoking. Two characters share a cigarette outside a party.|
|frightening||The film traces the development of an adult romance between the two female protagonists, portraying the struggles they face due to their sexual orientation. Carol, a married woman in the midst of a divorce, gives up custody of her beloved daughter while Therese faces difficulty in ascertaining and accepting her sexual orientation. The film delves into the exploration and portrayal of the emotional complexities that both women experience as their mature, thematic relationship develops.|