The acting in this movie was superflous with Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelley (A BEAUTIFUL MIND) and Sir Ben Kingsley (GHANDI) staring in this dramatic thriller based on the bestseller by Andre Dubus III.
This is a story of the American dream gone awry as two people go to desperate measures to claim ownership of a house. It's only a small bungelow in Northern California but to Kathy Nicola (Jennifer Connelley) it is her last hope for her life which was nearly lost to alcoholic addiction. A bureaucratic error forces her eviction and she is left homeless and helpless to stop the house from being sold for a fraction of it's worth.
The new owner, Massoud A. Behrani (Sir Ben Kingsley) sees the house as the fulfillment of the Amnerican dream he has been pursuing since he and his family fled Iran years earlier. He was a former Colonel in the Iranian Air Force. He has a plan for his family's future but to keep this plan viable he has been reduced to working menial jobs to maintain the pretense of affluence. Now he pours the last of his life savings into purchasing the house which he plans to resell for 4 times what he has paid for it after doing some remodeling.