i have watched this more than 10 times now and after careful consideration i have decided that this is.... the best romance film ever? no... nevermind... the best film ever.

cate blanchett makes a case for the most beautiful screen actress on earth here and rooney mara deserved that oscar for her subtle yet layered performance. every single shot is stunning and everything manages to be at once aesthetically pleasing and painfully realistic.

and the score.... hopeful and melancholic at the same time, an imperfectly perfect contradiction, just like carol and.... just like life, i guess? *sigh*

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