That rush of attraction. The exhilaration of discovery. The ache of longing. The shock of falling in love with a movie trailer.
So they’re making a movie out of Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel “The Price of Salt?” Cool, cool. Oh, Oscar-nominated out filmmaker Todd Haynes is directing? Sounds good. Lesbian playwright and dramatist Phyllis Nagy wrote the script? Sounds very good. It is going to star two-time Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett and Oscar-nominee Rooney Mara. Yep, officially excited.
But we didn’t know how excited until we watched the exquisite U.S. and international full-length trailers. With its intoxicating mix of nostalgia and desire, beauty and romance it is impossible to not fall head over heals. And Blanchett’s voice – dear God, please tell me you like my hat forever.
Luckily early review of “Carol” seems to back up our now sky-high expectations. The film’s release this fall represents a small embarrassment of riches for lesbian and bisexual viewers. “Carol” and “Freeheld,” starring Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, are both collecting Oscar-buzz and could represent a significant turning point for lesbian cinema.
Granted, two lesbian-themed films with the potential to crossover to mainstream audiences does not a revolution make. But the giddy anticipation among gay women – and many of their straight friends – is very real.
Granted, some smaller lesbian films have received accolades of late – “The Kids Are All Right,” “Blue Is the Warmest Color.” But they’ve still reached relatively smaller audiences. Yet both “Carol” and “Freeheld” have high-profile casts and are being positioned as major Academy Award contenders. And, best yet, it’s not just gay audiences who have taken notice and are excited.
The wait for a truly great mainstream lesbian film could finally be over – twice.