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Revolutionary Road

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NOTE: Contains violence,offensive language and sex scenes

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"A 'perfect' couple full of regret"
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The films tone is set in the first few minutes, it features a beautiful young couple who seem to be the all american dream, living in the suburbs, 2 wonderful children, Dicarpio a working father.. but you are soon to find that the couples life isn't so rosey. Dicaprio is working at the same company and has had no reward and is living a monotone repeat of his fathers life, Winslet a failed depressed actress yearns for more in life, presaudes Dicaprio to move to Paris were life is supposed to be adventurous. Neighbours and friends are saddended the perfect couple whom they call “The Wheelers” and look up to are leaving their conventional world… Challenges arise and the couple are left in limbo as to what to do… do they risk it all and leave for Paris? Things change and decisions are to be made, but what is the consequence?

I will let you decide if this summary will tempt you to watch this movie, I won't give away the end but I must say this whole film makes you think about the sacrifices of married couples with children. In a nutshell if you are looking for a fairy tale romance this is not for you, if you are in the mood for a more cynical insight of “the perfect couple” then this is your cup of tea.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


April and Frank Wheeler are a young, thriving couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. Their self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job, and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career.

Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy.


In Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for the first time since their careers exploded with Titanic--and it's almost as if they're playing the same characters, only married and faced with the hollowness of a 1950s suburban existence. Frank and April Wheeler (DiCaprio and Winslet) always thought of themselves as special, but they settled in a conventional Connecticut suburb when they had children. Hungry for a less constricted life, April persuades Frank to move to Paris--but slowly their plans unravel and their marriage unravels along with it. While Revolutionary Road may be a bit too glib about suburban emptiness--the lives Frank and April lead don't seem so stifled--the portrait of a mismatched marriage is vivid and devastating. The ways that Frank and April misinterpret each other, and the subtle yet unbearable dissatisfaction they feel, is rendered with remarkable and unsettling acuteness. Winslet and DiCaprio's natural chemistry tells us what drew these two together, making the way they tear each other apart all the more shocking. The excellent supporting cast includes Kathy Bates (Misery), Dylan Baker (Happiness), and especially Michael Shannon (Bug) as a mentally troubled mathematician who cuts to the quick of the Wheelers' troubles. Mention must be made of the beautiful production design; the costumes and sets are simply gorgeous. --Bret Fetzer
Release date NZ
May 20th, 2009
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  • Region 4
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  • 2.35 : 1
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  • Dolby Digital Stereo
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