|Sean Penn||Paul Rivers|
|Benicio Del Toro||Jack Jordan|
|Naomi Watts||Cristina Peck|
|Charlotte Gainsbourg||Mary Rivers|
|Melissa Leo||Marianne Jordan|
In a film that plays with the idea of straightforward storytelling, a group of troubled people find that they are linked in unpredictable ways. Paul Rivers is an academic dealing with a terminal heart condition, but his life is changed by a car crash that seems unrelated to his ailment. The traffic accident, involving ex-con Jack Jordan and the husband of Cristina Peck, is one that ruins lives but ultimately also resurrects them.