The movie is based on the Yates 1961 novel by the same name. The story is set in the 1950's......a young married couple, Frank and April Wheeler, played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, try to overcome the normal suburban existence and do something more with their lives. It's about hopes and dreams and escaping the blah life.
Alice is a beautiful woman aspiring to be an actress, but then she's saddled with two children and her husbands disapproval. Frank is the charmer she fell in love with, but now it's the secretaries at work who enjoy his flirtations. Theirs is a mundane love/hate relationship.
I Like Kathy Bates, their Realtor, and her hunky dory character. Michael Shannon plays her son, her whacked out son, who is an odd force in the movie.
Anyway, tensions build with each fight Frank and April have. I love how they stay together through the unraveling of the story...but there is a twist, and this story isn't about Gidget Goes to Connecticut (where it's filmed) and marries Moondoggie. No, it's not.