Winslet adds that Paris represents a future beyond the confines of her suburban prison. "She's sick of the predictability of her day-to-day existence. That fact isn't going to change – she has no choice," Winslet says. "Women in the '50s American suburbs really had very little choice in life."
To their neighbors, Frank and April are simply mad. "What do you mean you're not happy with your beautiful house and white picket fence and two beautiful children? How can you possibly question this existence? Isn't this what we all wanted? Aren't we all so lucky to have this? Of course, to Frank and April, particularly April, it's a kiss of death," Winslet says. "Moving to Paris represents a potential unpredictable life, and that's really what she wants."
In the end, DiCaprio and Winslet say that Revolutionary Road is about an iconic American ideal. "I feel like what it ultimately meant to me in the pursuit of happiness we don't realize what we already have," DiCaprio says. "That's relevant and timeless for our time. It became less and less about the 1950s. It became about two people ultimately falling short of finding their happiness."
Winslet's wishes for Revolutionary Road do not encompass awards such as Golden Globes and Oscar accolades, although both are following. She simply hopes for universal audience acceptance of their unique portrait of American life.
"It will be interesting to see who audiences identify with the most. I would hope men and women go and see this film. The truth is, they will have to decide for themselves. It wasn't our job to have an audience sympathize with Frank and April. We can have them understand these characters and we hope they connect with them on an emotional level," Winslet says. "The screenplay rhythmically was constructed, I felt, very cleverly. As an audience member it gives them the option to identify with either one of these characters at any given moment."
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