This film, based on a novel by Richard Yates and directed by Winslet's husband, Sam Mendes, is set in the 1950s. It's the story of an average couple, Frank and April Wheeler, who get stuck in a suburban rut and lose sight of their American dream. Slowly, their marriage disintegrates into a toxic relationship that makes audiences want to turn away. As always, DiCaprio gives his character an emotional edge that hits a nerve. This feeling sticks with audiences long after the lights come up.
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