30 Days of Carol: Day 11 – I’m Really Sorry

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Look, I don’t like this any more than you do. I don’t want to be doing this. But we have to keep ourselves honest. We the Carolhead Nation are nothing without our integrity.

That means admitting the hard truths, or at the very least leaving space for their possibility. Or at the very, very least cracking the door to that space with a visual aid and letting people infer from that what they will.

This picture of Therese, Carol’s angel, and Rindy, Carol’s sweet pea, could be chalked up to coincidence, sure. This hairstyle was popular for women in the ’50s. The page boy, or “pudding basin” cut, was experiencing a… renaissance, and so of course you’ll find instances of it repeating itself. But let’s also consider its lively entourage.

If you think that the prominence of “Mommy’s baby” is not a purposeful eye-draw the first time Therese faces Carol, you’ve got another thing coming. Literally, 30 seconds later, when Therese explains that the Bright Betsy doll cries  “…and wets herself,” with the knowing cadence of someone looking to expose a person’s last speck of modesty to a white hot heat. Tying all of this together is Rindy as what drives the scene.

I would love to say it ends there. Except we know soon after their initial meeting, upon the news that Harge is seeking full custody of Rindy, as in taking her away, Carol’s first instinct is to gone-girl Therese with a cross-country trip on what would be their fourth time seeing each other. Yes, Carol operates at a baseline of medium-to-high bold at all times, but the timing of this one is hard to explain away. Not long after that, we get this beautiful hair brushing parallel shot rounding out the first time we see Rindy and the last time we see Therese as the Therese we first met.

Anyway. Attraction is complicated! Hahaha! Have a good Thursday!!!

Los Angeles based writer. Let's keep it clean out there!

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  1. I picked up on the movie’s many parallels between Therese and Rindy gradually with repeated viewings. Some are more subtle than others, but the Mommy’s Baby sign was one of the first to jump out at me and give me the giggles. Not the nervous “eww, ick” giggles, but the “God, this is some funny shit!” giggles. I think of them as Easter eggs Todd left for us to discover and delight in. One of my favorites is the scene of Rindy coloring when juxtaposed with the scene of Therese writing in her datebook, their pageboys dangling around their innocent little faces. With that music playing behind Therese, at any moment I expect her to stick out her tongue in a body English effort to achieve perfect penmanship.

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