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Revolutionary Road

2008 (Sam Mendes) 14A, 119 minutes

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

Before Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique, author Richard Yates, in his 1961 novel Revolutionary Road, probed the world behind the curtained ranch and colonial façades in 1950s suburban America, where women were stifled and isolated, and men, the army of grey-suited commuters wearing fedoras, were trapped.  The Wheelers (DiCaprio and Winslet) try to break free to a new life in Paris, but circumstances conspire against them. Toronto critic Geoff Pevere will introduce the film, made almost a half-century after the book was published, and lead the post-screening discussion.

Ellen Moorhouse

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