American Pastoral


Ewan McGregor is aiming high with his directorial debut adaptation of a Philip Roth novel Discuss this article

© ITP Images

Ewan McGregor is aiming high with his directorial debut, taking on (and starring in) a masterwork by novelist Philip Roth.

A 1997 Pulitzer-winning novel, it’s a heavy duty, psychological tale of 1950s businessman Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (played by McGregor) having a midlife crisis.

Married to a New Jersey beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly), the surface suggests a blissful middle-class existence, but behind the scenes the counterculture of a rebellious teenage daughter (Dakota Fanning) is putting significant strain on proceedings.

Roth’s work raises numerous questions about life during that era, much of which is relatable to 2016, and it’s certainly a challenging piece for McGregor to start life behind the camera with, regardless of the masses of experience he brings from years in front of it.

From the anxieties of parenthood to the insular battles with belief, it promises to pose plenty of questions. But how many can it answer?

The bottom line
McGregor will need every ounce of experience

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

American Pastoral

  • Duration: 108
  • Released: Thu, 27 Oct
  • Language: English
  • Director: Ewan McGregor
  • Stars: Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly

Add your review/feedback

Subscribe to weekender newsletter



Explore by

Our favourite features