A shop girl in 1950s New York finds love with an older woman trapped in a loveless marriage. This sophisticated yet accessible romantic spellbinder by Todd Haynes (Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, Velvet Goldmine) will draw you in.

You’ve seen roles tailored for a particular actor; expand that to an entire movie seemingly calibrated to match Cate Blanchett’s prodigious talents. And Rooney Mara matches her step for subtle step.

Each glance, each touch, carries tremendous emotional weight. By the end, you may find that you care about these two individuals more than you thought you would. (118 min)