There’s a moment halfway through Todd Haynes masterful romance in which Therese (Rooney Mara) leans in to smell Carol’s (Cate Blanchett) new perfume. Both ladies are sitting on the floor, separated by only a few inches; Carol has a drink in her hand and is making her new friend laugh. After a while of this, Carol tells Therese to smell her new perfume.
Therese puts her face to Carol’s neck, taking the fragrance in.
My heart raced, my stomach did that thing stomachs do when they are nervous, and I was amazed how romantic this moment had been.