The American dream becomes a living nightmare for a businessman whose daughter gets caught up in the political turmoil of the 1960’s.
For the most part, Seymour Levov (Ewan McGregor) lives what many would consider to be a charmed existence.
Raised by a successful Jewish American glove manufacturer, he became a star athlete at high-school, served his country and then went on to marry a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and take over his father’s business.
Now, living in a beautiful home with his wife and daughter (Dakota Fanning), to most it would appear that Seymour is the personification of the all-American dream.
When his daughter is involved with the bombing of a local Post Office in protest of the Vietnam War, Seymour’s idyllic life quickly begins to crumble around him.
When he discovers his wife is having an affair, the situation worsens and Seymour begins to see-through the veneer of respectability so commonly adopted by those around him.
American Pastoral is the big-screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Phillip Roth.
First published in 1997, the book was included in Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Greatest Novels’ list and was hailed as an instant classic by readers and critics alike.
The picture marks the directorial debut of Ewan McGregor (T2: Trainspotting) who also stars as the troubled Seymour Levov.
His wife is portrayed by the brilliant Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) whilst Dakota Fanning (Viena and the Fantomes) plays the rebellious daughter.