act: rooney mara

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Because of the time and circumstances of their world, Therese and Carol have to very carefully navigate their relationship. A lot remains unspoken out of fear and unknown, so small moments of physical contact become big moments. Todd Haynes uses this, making sure that the weight of each of these moments are very present in the film, which allows the moments to not only progress the relationship of Carol and Therese, but they become visual progression of the story in the film, telling the audience much more than dialogue could in such little time.