American Beauty is a US psychological drama revolves around a middle-aged man Lester Burnham. Because of bored with life, he uses drugs and always dream of Angela - 16 year old girl of her daughter after watching her once dance at school. He feels he need to change his own life.
This engrossing centrepiece meshes with subplots involving Burnham's dysfunctional family and unbalanced neighbours, in a virtuoso study of isolation, repression and fulfilment. Mendes infuses the lush visuals and lyrical script with dramatic panache.
The film is stunningly poignant, and when first time cinema director Mendes turns his hands to the serious aspects of the disintegration of human souls, the funny lurches to the profound with hardly a flicker of disruption.