The first teaser trailer for Carol, the 1950s-set love story between Cate Blanchett’s title character and Rooney Mara’s idealistic young clerk, was a beautifully edited musical homage to the film’s central relationship. Short on dialogue and long on emotions, the teaser feels like a tonal companion piece to this new U.S. trailer, which is much more conventional. Unfortunately, it also falls into the common trap of giving away a condensed version of almost the entire movie rather than setting up stakes to make viewers invested.
That being said, we should probably put more stock in our own hugely positive response to the film at last week’s Telluride Film Festival, than just this new trailer. Todd Haynes directs the Phyllis Nagy-scripted adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel, “The Price of Salt”, which tells of the burgeoning romantic relationship between Carol, a striking, but restless married woman in high society, and the young department store worker Therese. Their courtship begins just as Carol is considering abandoning her crumbling marriage, though this new trailer reveals that there are additional complications.
Also starring Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Cory Michael Smith. Carol opens in theaters on November 20th. Watch the new U.S. trailer for Carol below (via Yahoo!):
Here’s the official synopsis for Carol:
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.