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Critics at the Cannes film festival are praising the film Carol which is set in 1950s New York and follows an illicit lesbian romance.

The movie stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara who are getting rave reviews for their performances. It is based on a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith, author of The Talented Mr Ripley.

At a Cannes press conference Cate was clearing up reporting of an earlier interview with Variety magazine. She told how she was asked ‘Have you had relationships with women?’ to which she had said ‘Yes, many times’. However she stressed she had not meant sexual relationships. She added, “In 2015, the point should be: who cares?”

She went on to say “Call me old-fashioned but I thought one’s job as an actor was not to present one’s boring, small, microscopic universe but to make a psychological connection to another character’s experiences”.

No date has been set for a US or UK release. The only date we can currently find is for Germany in January 2016.

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Carol (2015) – Official Lowdown

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.

Carol is directed by Todd Haynes and written by Phyllis Nagy with moving performances from Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith.