A friend suggested this movie as a reason to me, when I asked why he was depressed on a particular day. I was going on Hyderabad trip, and downloaded this movie on Amazon Prime. Watched it over two sessions and spent some time thinking about it.
Starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, its about a middle aged couple with kids. Plot unfolds as with other movies – boring job, comfortable life and school going kids. Settled routine, and frequent fights. The lady decides to go behind her husband’s dreams – to move to Paris from Revolutionary Road, where they stay.
Al hunky dory for a while, until husband gives up on dreams to settle a little more, and to handle the unexpected pregnancy. And the wife cannot! The burden of seeing a dream and watch it crumble under societal pressures – is unbearable to watch. How a person getting treated for mental disorder can get what perfectly normal people like us cannot is a subtle and hard hitting theme in the story. Kids are shown wherever required, and the very fact where Kate Winslet feels their kid is a mistake – shows how unintentional things come out of one’s mouth in desperation to make their case!
In the end the father remains with the kids, and vacates their pretty house on Revolutionary Road. I was at mom’s and had nothing better to do. Mused over the movie, and one question I have no answer to –
Should you succumb to your routine and stop seeing dreams? Are you not allowed to have dreams that have no definitive success but will make you alive again?
Watch this for Kate and Leo’s amazing performances – raw, real and restrained.