This Movie Always Gets to Me
“If being crazy means living life as if it matters, then I don’t mind being completely insane.” -April
The Wheelers’ (Frank and April) attempt to subvert the norms and to abrogate conformity lead to their tragedy - a fate that is so typical of a couple who refuse to believe that entrancing modernity is not all about exiting the traditional - it is simply striking a balance between two diverse worlds. I do not know if it’s the acting, the interesting characters, the screenplay or the plot itself but this movie really made me cry. A practical husband and an extremely idealistic wife - the result? dysfunctional and shattered lives… And the sad fact about it is that the only being who seems to understand them and their unique ideals is apparently a psychotic, pathetic person.
This movie is also flooded with so many interesting themes like: liberation, isolation, ambitions, deception, the dangers of too much idealism, failing for risking, the limits of nonconformity, and the inescapable fate of humans when they try to move beyond the borders of rules. Well-crafted indeed!