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2000s, Drama - Family

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates
Writers/Script Justin Haythe
Additional Info At the time of the production Kate Winslet was married to Sam Mendes and apparently recommended the script to him.
Director Sam Mendes
Starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, David Harbour
Elevator Pitch A young couple live in suburban Conneticut in the 1950s, he working in an office, she housewifing (homemaking?) having failed to succeed as an actress. Their life is tedious and troubled and so the wife suggests that they make a new start by moving to Paris. However, soon after they have made the decision she turns out to be pregnant, he is offered a financial advantegeous promotion. What to do?
Content Most of the film takes place in the suburban house , the couple arguing and sometimes shouting at each other. They have sex with each other and with others, but little nudity. They go to dances. There are slightly difficult social occasions with a bit of drinking.
A View This film was well liked by the critics as a social commentary. It is presented very like a stage play which should tick the boxes for me, but it is a difficult subject and really I like a bit of humour or a bit of fantasy neither of which are present. So a watch if you like that sort of thing.

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