Well, the film screened at Cannes this weekend, and almost in direct proportion to the amount of boos and bad reviews they heaped on the Matthew McConaughey, Naiomi Watts movie, Sea of Trees, the Cannes critics are falling all over themselves with lavish praise for the Todd Haines directed 1950's period piece. Here's a typical review from The Guardian and another from Variety.
Cate Blanchett created her own little firestorm of interest for Variety's claim that she's had sexual relationships with other women—
When asked if this is her first turn as a lesbian, Blanchett curls her lips into a smile. “On film — or in real life?” she asks coyly. Pressed for details about whether she’s had past relationships with women, she responds: “Yes. Many times,” but doesn’t elaborate. Like Carol, who never “comes out” as a lesbian, Blanchett doesn’t necessarily rely on labels for sexual orientation. “I never thought about it,” she says of how she envisioned the character. “I don’t think Carol thought about it.” The actress studied the era by picking up banned erotic novels. “I read a lot of girl-on-girl books from the period,” she says.
Patricia Highsmith wrote Carol aka The Price of Salt
under a pseudonym because the subject matter was
clearly verboten when it was released in 1952.
So take Blanchett's admission with a grain of salt, if you will.
The film was directed by Todd Haynes who directed the homosexual themed Far from Heaven with Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore from a script written by Phyllis Nagy who wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley also based on a Patricia Highsmith novel. In the discussion about the emerging acceptance of homosexuality, Nagy makes the point that everything has changed since the 1950's, and nothing has changed. We have a mainstream movie about two women who have a love affair while homosexuality is still a crime in over seventy countries around the world.