Rooney Mara And Cate Blanchett Lesbian Lovers In New ‘Carol’ Trailer

The upcoming lesbian romance movie, Carol, is a story about the growing – and illicit – love between two women played by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Cate and Rooney “quietly fall in love” in the first Carol trailer, a low-dialogue, mostly wordless teaser that gives viewers a glimpse of the “blossoming romance” between the Rooney and Cate. The montage shows “passing glances and somber tears” to the accompaniment of the classic song, “My Foolish Heart.”

The movie got a lot of buzz and Oscar predictions at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where audiences were “wowed” and critics gave it rave reviews. Mara won a best actress award at Cannes for her work opposite Blanchett.

Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Price of Salt, the 1950s era drama follows the story of Blanchett’s Carol Aird as she longs for escape from a loveless marriage of convenience with her “unsuspecting husband” (Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler). When wealthy socialite Carol meets 19-year-old department store assistant Therese Belivet, her life changes.

Eventually, Carol’s husband finds out about her taboo affair with Therese and threatens to keep her away from their children. She leaves the marriage at last, and Blanchett and Mara portray the two lesbian lovers as they “embark on a road trip across America” through a country where homosexuality was considered to be a “sociopathic personality disturbance.”

Cate and Rooney have previously talked about the lesbian love scenes and on-screen nudity that the new trailer teases for the film. Although the initial “tender” encounter between Carol and Therese quickly turns steamy and becomes a “secret, torrid romance,” neither actress was “fazed’ by the sex or the nudity. Blanchett said that giving birth meant that “a lot of strangers” saw her nude, and Mara claims to be “nude quite often,” making nudity in the film not “a big deal.”

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