If you´re not madly in love with Cate Blanchett by now (as yours truly), you will definitely be by the time you´ve finished watching this movie! She´s been my muse for a while now and last time I had a serious crush on her was in Blue Jasmine, when I could have stolen her entire wardrobe! 😉
The picture is a masterpiece, from Carol Aird´s exquisite taste in clothes (and boy did women know how to dress and carry themselves in the 50s!) to the underplayed dialogue and the human frailty encompassing the whole story.
First and foremost this is a love story, the kind that gives you goose bumps. It´s about the love between two strong women who had to battle their time´s prejudices in order to be together. On a second level, this is a story of self-acceptance, of making compromises in order to be able to live with oneself. It also depicts love lost, how things change, how people change, how feelings change, how we shouldn´t take each other for granted. Last, but not least, it´s a narrative about how true love survives man-made barriers.
The grace of it all, the sadness, the sorrow, sometimes it makes me feel like praying to artists like to a God, especially since I´m not a believer in anything divine. I do believe in film and photography, though! And in vintage dresses! 😉
That´s it, then! Go get tickets! Today!