Carol, based on an award-winning novel, is essentially about the struggles associated with being lesbians in the 1950s. Therese (Rooney Mara) is a young photographer working as a shopkeeper in Manhattan when Carol (Cate Blanchett) shows up to buy her daughter a Christmas present. Therese's boyfriend bores her, and Carol is going through a nasty divorce. When Carol leaves her gloves and meets with Therese to thank her for recovering them, the two connect on a deeper level and agree to take a road trip together. When Carol's custody of her daughter is threatened by her husband's accusations of lesbianism, Carol returns home to fight for her daughter. This creates all sorts of problems for the blossoming couple, but fear not: Rooney reveals her rack during a scintillating Sapphic scene with Cate first. Love is a beautiful thing, isn't it?