"It's 1955. Frank and April Wheeler, in the seventh year of their marriage, have fallen into a life that appears to most as being perfect. They live in the Connecticut suburbs with two young children. Frank commutes to New York City where he works in an office job while April stays at home as a housewife. But they're not happy. April has forgone her dream of becoming an actress, and Frank hates his job - one where he places little effort - although he has never figured out what his passion in life is. One day, April suggests that they move to Paris - a city where Frank visited during the war and loved, but where April has never been - as a means to rejuvenate their life. April's plan: she would be the breadwinner, getting a lucrative secretarial job for one of the major international organizations, while Frank would have free time to find himself and whatever his passion. Initially skeptical, Frank ultimately agrees to April's plan. When circumstances change around the Wheelers, April decides she will do whatever she has to to get herself out of her unhappy existence."
I have mixed feelings about this movie... the acting was impressive and highly compelling, the story was thought-provoking, and the directing was solid, but i hated it. actually, i considered leaving before it was over.
on one hand, it has everything a well-made movie should, and I am not surprised by its award nominations, but i have to ask: we have enough examples of human suffering, why do we need another? for such a culmination of quality and polish, it still manages to leave a bad taste in your mouth. 4.5/5 "on paper"