Despite this, many of it’s themes have spoken to many people, and although the film is set in 1952, a lot of it’s themes still hold relevance today.
When speaking to Variety, producer Christine Vachon said: “I think we are still very much dealing with this issue. Around that time [of the screening] there was that couple in Utah. A local judge had taken away their adopted child because he said that the child would be better off not with a same-sex couple. That decision was reversed a couple days later, but it is stunning to think that could happen.”
Director Todd Haynes also weighed in, saying: “The general progress that we see for gays and lesbians and marriage rights and custody rights extended to those groups is so phenomenal and has happened at such a relatively fast speed over ten or 15 years that I have less concern about where we stand in the West than in many countries, where not only are things really, really difficult, but often you see retreats, where they are going backwards in progress about gays and lesbians and women’s rights in general.”
Christine finished up by touching on the film’s source material, The Price of Salt, and how it differed from a lot of the fiction of it’s time.
“The thing that made it such a novelty is that it didn’t end badly. There’s a real tradition, especially in the early 1950s, of lesbian pulp fiction that always ended with women being punished in some way, shape or form of the crime of being gay. The fact that ‘Carol’ ends with the idea that maybe they have got a shot, who knows? That is really amazing.”