Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April ... Written by
Though it's never named in the film, in Richard Yates' source novel, the play April acts in (apparently badly) is Robert E. Sherwood's "The Petrified Forrest," written in 1935. In the play, the main female character, Gabby, dreams of leaving what she sees as a humdrum existence in the U.S. to move to France, just as April does. See more »
The magazines in the Wheelers' living room, and Frank's Berlitz guidebook, are dog-eared and browned. They're probably from 1955, but they look like they're 50 or 60 years old. See more »
YES! it's that good. What a brilliant achievement for Mendes/Winslet/Dicaprio and the rest of the cast. this is easily one of the best movies I have ever watched.
The quality of the acting - my goodness - just looking into the eyes of Winslet during some cut-scenes sends you into a roller coaster of emotions. Michael Shannon in the very short scenes he is seen delivers an outstanding performance. Expect no lesser brilliance from Dicaprio either.
What else can I say, Art direction simply sublime! Honestly, the recreation of that era was so wonderfully done. To top it all off, a phenomenal musical score from Thomas newman - Give him his Oscar already!
I am very surprised this has been overlooked by the Oscars in favour of movies like Benjamin Button, Milk. Also, Winslet definitely deserved a double nomination for lead actress, in fact I would have picked her for this movie rather than the Reader.
Anyhow, I thoroughly recommend this to all. This one shouldn't be missed.
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