Thanks to the Hawaii Film Festival I was able to enjoy a beautiful film, Carol. The film takes place in 1950’s New York, following the affair between an older women, Carol, who is unhappily married (Kate Blanchett) and a young women, Therese, looking for meaning to life (Rooney Mara). The two find love unexpectedly, which leads to many challenges. One challenge in particularly that sets the tone of the film is that Carol’s husband begins to questions Carol’s competency as a mother.
As a mother myself, I felt heartbroken for Carol. Us parents want to do everything in our power to give our children the best life possible & sometimes that means giving up our own happiness for theirs.
While watching the film I thought Carol was a very selfish person. She was risking losing her daughter for a “love” affair. To me, that didn’t seem worth it. But through the film I realized something amazing…
It takes a brave women to stand out from social norms but it takes even a braver women to risk everything to do it. Carol had finally reached a point where she realized that lying to herself and to her family did no good to anyone, including her daughter. What would she be teaching her daughter if she continued to hide her true self? As a mother you want to show your daughter strength and courage, so that one day she will be able to stand alone and be happy and proud.
Carol bravely showed truth for her love towards Therese and was able to have the strength to go through with a divorce from her husband. She was able to show her daughter what love and pride is. And found true happiness.
Enjoyed this film very much and appreciate the perspective it gave me! Highly recommend!