Psychoanalysis and the Arts

Revolutionary Road – A Film Analysis with Phoebe Cirio, MSW, LCSW

Revolutionary RoadCommentary on the movie by Phoebe Cirio, MSW, LCSW.  Originally produced for the Celluloid Couch series of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute.

Revolutionary Road is the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a couple living uncomfortably in the suburbs.

The story is set in 1955.  World War II, and the memory of service in the European theater, looms in the background for the men.  Frank and April believe themselves to be superior to their friends and neighbors.  Frank has contempt for his job, and most of his co-workers.  April felt she was destined for better things.  The life they have today was not planned, it just happened, and both regard it as temporary.  They plan to escape and resolve to move to Paris – the only place Frank deems worthy.  But before they can move the unexpected occurs, and they become divided about relocating.  The way each of them deals with their changed circumstances provides the dramatic impetus to the story.

Phoebe Cirio, MSW, LCSW, is a member of the Faculty of the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute, and is in private practice.