Walks the fine line between a woman completely comfortable in her own skin and a woman living life constricted in a man's world. Her features and hand gestures are magnificently communicative.
Her raw maternal desperation in the first half is so emotionally draining, one wonders where Larson can go from there. But she peels back even more complex layers as Ma struggles with her freedom.
“Supporting actress” my eye! Carol is as much her movie as it is Blanchett's, and Mara earns that billing with this quietly sensitive performance. Her lips reveal more than the words coming out of them.
Every one of Rampling's brittle line-readings reveals more and more of the slowly brewing storm resentment and jealousy within her. A masterclass in communicating fortitude and frailty through body language.
Ronan's transformation from a timid mouse of a girl into a woman taking charge of her own life is lovely to behold. She never descends into melodrama, but lets her eyes tell us how torn her heart is.
Emily Blunt in Sicario
Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash
Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road
Blythe Danner in I'll See You in My Dreams
Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl