Sunday, August 23, 2015

Carol starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara Coming November 20th: The Trailer is Here Now


I was watching the documentary TIG: Finding Life in the Face of Death the other night, about the comedian who delivers a shattering set at a comedy club when she learns she has cancer. The cancer diagnosis is the last straw in a string of challenges and the documentary is really about Tig Notaro's journey back from it all. I highly recommend it.



Sex and the single woman


What brings Tig to the Sunday Slacker page is that Tig is a lesbian of about forty and along the way she meets a young straight woman. The two strike up a deep friendship, and while the younger woman has up to now only had experiences with men, the two ultimately fall deeply in love and develop a romantic relationship. There are no uncomfortable displays of affection to stir up your homophobic angst, just a couple of people who clearly love and care about each other. 



Women in love


While Tig is most definitely not predatory in the situation, the film Carol came to mind, in which Cate Blanchett plays an older married woman who does prey on a much younger straight woman, played by Rooney Mara. Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt, the older woman  married to Kyle Chandler probably doesn't identify herself as a lesbian. Judging from the storyline and the trailer there will be love scenes between the two women and displays of affection that may either stir up your passions, your homophobic angst, or both, depending on where you sit on the sexual spectrum.



Seeing straight?


Take a look and see what you think. How will your feelings about your own sexuality and same sex relationships in general impact your response to the film. Will you go to see it, or, if you're a straight woman, will the sexuality turn you away as it did for millions of men when it came to seeing Brokeback Mountain?

There's a new trailer out with gorgeous musical backdrop of Judy Garland—or a Judy Garland-esque singer—singing My Foolish Heart. And that's your Sunday Slacker video.



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