Adapted from the landmark novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road is an incisive portrait of an American marriage seen through the yes of Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April (Kate Winslet) Wheeler. Yates story of 1950’s America poses a question that has been reverberating through modern relationships ever since: can two people break away from the ordinary without breaking apart?
Frank and April have always seen themselves as special, different, ready and willing to live their lives based on higher ideals. So, as soon as they move into their new house on Revolutionary Road, they proudly declare their independence from the suburban inertia that surrounds them and determine never to be trapped by the social confines of their era.
Yet for all their charm, beauty and irreverence, the Wheelers find themselves becoming exactly what they didn’t expect: a good man with a routine job whose nerve has gone missing; a less-than-happy homemaker starving for fulfillment and passion; an American family with lost dreams, like any other. Driven to change their fates, April hatches and audacious plan to start all over again, to leave the comforts of Connecticut behind for the great unknown of Paris. But when the plan is put in motion each spouse is pushed to extremes, one to escape whatever the cost, the other to save all that they have, no matter what the compromises.
Directed by Sam Mendes, from a screenplay by Justin Haythe, DiCaprio and Winslet are joined by an accomplished cast including Kathy Bates, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Shannon and David Harbour.
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