Director Todd Haynes returns to the 1950s he last masterfully brought to life in Far from Heaven. This time around, he tackles the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Price of Salt (1952). Carol tells the story of the unexpected affair between two women of different ages and social classes. Therese is a young woman in her early twenties. She meets Carol, a seductive older woman, at her job in the doll department of a department store. Carol has a daughter and is separated from her husband. When he finds out about the two women, he presents Carol with an impossible dilemma. Cameraman Ed Lachman filmed everything in Super-16, creating a dreamy realism that is augmented by the fabulous sets and costumes. Together they make the 1950s look beautiful, yet ominous. Cate Blanchett provides a magnificent performance as the ostensibly controlled Carol who is torn apart on the inside, and Rooney Mara plays the somewhat naive Therese. Both were nominated for an Oscar.