Cate Blanchett is enough reason to see this film. It is very slow-paced but she is always such a joy to watch and it is actually a good story once it gets going. Based on the book The Price of Salt, Carol is about an aspiring photographer, played by the sweet and charming Rooney Mara, who develops an intimate relationship with an older woman, played by Blanchett, who is married and has a young child. Although it is easy to pigeon-hole this film because it deals with a lesbian relationship, it is actually far more layered and interesting. The costumes are exquisite and the soundtrack is fantastic too.