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If you have correctly calibrated your Twitter timeline, you may have noticed that today marks the birth of one Patricia Rooney Mara: Academy-Award nominated actress, NFL royalty, younger sister to Kate and alleged paramour to Joaquin Phoenix.
You may have first noticed Rooney as Nancy in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, but Rooney isn’t a big fan of her work in the film. It’s likely she caught your eye in The Social Network instead, where she stole the show with minimal screentime. Or maybe, if you’re late on everything like I am, she knocked your socks off in another David Fincher film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where she was bedazzled with piercings as badass hacker Lisbeth Salander and earned her first Oscar nom.
Later this year, Rooney is set to star in A Ghost Story (alongside frazzled shitbag Casey Affleck), which earned rave reviews out of Sundance a few months earlier. Check out the trailer:
But we’re not really here to talk about those movies. We’re here to talk about what matters most: Carol. There’s a reason Film Twitter gushes over this film, which details the hidden and burgeoning relationship between Therese, a young aspiring photographer, and Carol, an older, married woman, in 1950’s New York City. Adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel The Price of Salt, Carol is a stunning film that dives into the complexities of a forbidden love between two women at a time when women were expected to be wives and mothers and nothing more. Therese isn’t just in love with Carol, she’s also pursuing a career as a photographer and it’s fascinating to see the interplay between the areas where society will soften (women having careers) and where it remains rigid (where sexuality remains unspeakable). Directed by Todd Haynes, Carol is gorgeously shot, and turns out a terrific and criminally overlooked performance by Rooney.
Which makes the current results of this poll that much more inexplicable:
In honor of Rooney Mara's birthday, what's your favorite movie of hers? (Write-ins welcome, appreciation encouraged.)— Female Film Critics (@FemaleCritics) April 17, 2017
Carol is losing!
So, in honor of the dizzying and delicious love between Carol and Therese, let’s rock the vote for Rooney’s birthday!