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PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 24 August 2010

Back together: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

Back together: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

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by Roxanne Blakelock www.revolutionaryroadmovie.com Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have joined forces again for the first time since their hit film Titanic more than a decade ago. Sam Mendes directs this fantastic adaptation

by Roxanne Blakelock

www.revolutionaryroadmovie.com

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have joined forces again for the first time since their hit film Titanic more than a decade ago.

Sam Mendes directs this fantastic adaptation of Richard Yates' debut novel, about a young couple who move to the Conneticut suburbs to make a life together but soon start itching for more than the conventional 1950s American middle class set-up.

DiCaprio plays Frank Wheeler, who works for Knox Business Machines and Winslet plays his wife, April Wheeler, pictured, who aspires to be more than just a housewife and mother.

Conflict increases between the couple as they take out their individual increasing frustrations and sadness on one another.

To pull them out of the trap of the grind and monotony of their boring, unfulfilled everyday lives, April persuades Frank to move to Paris with her and their two children to start a new life.

In Paris, April wants to become the breadwinner while Frank works out what he wants to do.

But when April accidentally becomes pregnant Frank seizes this as an excuse not to uproot himself from the comfortable but stifling safety of his life in America.

Frank is also offered a promotion at work which adds to the pressure of giving up on their dream of moving away.

April never really gets over this decision and tragic consequences soon follow as she is torn violently between what is expected of her as a 1950s woman and what she really wants as a talented and passionate individual.

Everyone thinks the Wheelers are a wonderful and happy family and there is a certain amount of disapproval when they announce they want to move to Paris and relief when this plan falls through.

The only person who sees through all this to the Wheeler's pain is John Givings, the institutionalized son of a local real-estate agent, who although he is 'insane' actually has more insight into their reality than others.

The performances from DiCaprio and Winslet are beautiful and brutally honest and depict Yates' truthful, funny and heartbreaking portrayal of helplessness, desire, vitality and fear in a society that is afraid to change.

Rating 4/5 stars

roxanne.blakelock@archant.co.uk


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