16 of the Best Period Films You Can Stream on Netflix

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Number 9 Films

Carol takes place in 1950s New York and hones in on something a bit taboo for the time: a lesbian relationship. Carol (Cate Blanchett) is going through a difficult divorce while trying to gain full custody of her daughter. She meets Therese (Rooney Mara) and an intimate relationship blooms amidst personal turmoil in both of their lives. The film explores these two women coming together despite their opposite backgrounds and different class status. It also delves into the intense scrutiny the two were under for their sexuality during this time in American history. Things aren’t perfect now, but there’s a stark contrast to how they were for same-sex relationships back then — and that’s a good thing!

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