|Frank Langella||Leonard Schiller|
|Lauren Ambrose||Heather Wolfe|
|Lili Taylor||Ariel Schiller|
|Adrian Lester||Casey Davis|
A complex relationship develops between Leonard, an academic novelist of advancing years, and Heather, a determined, fresh-faced graduate student doing her master's thesis on Leonard's career. Leonard keeps everyone at an emotional distance, including his devoted daughter, Ariel, and her unsettled boyfriend, Casey . Heather's attention, although motivated by selfish interests, forces Leonard to reexamine his life.