Adapted by Phyllis Nagy (Mrs. Harris) from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price Of Salt, Carol stars Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and Rooney Mara (Side Effects) in a story of unexpected love. We follow shop girl Therese (Mara), who falls for a wealthy customer (Blanchett's Carol). Carol is married with a child, and Therese is involved in a casual relationship with a man who clearly loves her, but the two women are instantly attracted and begin an affair of sorts, much to the annoyance of Carol's long-suffering husband Harge (Kyle Chandler). As she and Harge are about to divorce, Carol suggests a road trip, which takes the two women far from New York City.
Carol represents Haynes getting back to the 1950s setting of Far From Heaven (2002), this is no Technicolor spectacle, sticking instead to a darker, moodier, more realistic palette, yet still with the director coaxing performances that are being talked about (especially Blanchett) as potential award contenders.
The film will have its gala premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 14 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, before arriving around the country on 27 November.