"Suburbia, USA, in the 1950s. The married couple April (Kate Winslet) and Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) live with their two small children near New York, where Frank works a dull office job. Every morning he is disgorged at the train station with an amorphous mass of other office men; in the evening he comes home to a wife who feels as if she is in prison in the stuffy suburban idyll. (...) In a moment of turmoil, April decides that the family should move to Paris."
Sonja Eismann, cineman.ch
"As Richard Yates, the author of the novel, noted in an interview, the times of turmoil in the 1950s had reached an end point. Because of Justin Haythe's trenchant dialogue based on Yates' novel (1961) and the actors' sometimes minimalist, sometimes emphatic mimic responses that propel the war of words forward and to the point, one might almost think the film was based on an adaptation of a play."
Arwen Haase, critic.de, 12/31/2008
"Apart from anything else, this is an object lesson for any literary adaptation: what is inner monologue or thought in the text is not transformed into dialogue in the film, but into expression and gesture of the actors, into a movement, a pause. (...) Mendes has engaged outstanding actors, even in the supporting roles: Above all, Kate Winslet proves as April that she is the most underrated actress of her generation - she carries the film through sheer presence and energy (...)."
Rüdiger Suchsland, artechock.de
Contributors and additional information:
119 min. color. 35 mm. E/d/f
Director: Sam Mendes
Screenplay: Based on a novel by Richard Yates, Justin Haythe
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Editing: Tariq Anwar
Music: Thomas Newman
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon, Ryan Simpkins
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