Dark and disturbing, this contemporary satire insightfully depicts the fluctuating fortunes in the life of Lester Burnham, an advertising executive working for a magazine. Seemingly, Lester leads a perfect life with his successful wife, Carolyn, and their beautiful teenage daughter, Jane.
However, the reality is that Lester despises his job, his ambitious wife is having an affair, and their daughter hates them with a vengeance. Lester finds his life slipping deeper and deeper into depression.
He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter's friends, Angela Hayes, and starts having sexual fantasies about her, during which red rose petals are a recurring motif. Angela seems to be a sexually promiscuous teenager and leads Lester on.
While Lester's neighbours and family members also go through their own struggles, this thought-provoking tale traces his experiences and emotions as his mid-life crisis sends him careening deeper and deeper into a dark abyss from which there may be no way out.
Did you know?
Sam Mendes designed the two girls' look to change over the course of the film, with Thora Birch gradually using less makeup and Mena Suvari gradually using more, to emphasize his view of their shifting perceptions of themselves. Read More