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In Michael Lessac's lugubrious House of Cards, women's intuition beats out psychology in the battle against autism. The story begins in Mexico, where a little girl named Sally Matthews (Asha Menina) lives with her parents, scientists studying ancient ruins. When her father falls to his death, Sally is comforted by a Mayan mystic that tells Sally her father has gone to the moon. When Sally, her mother Ruth (Kathleen Turner), and her brother Michael (Shiloh Strong) return home to North Carolina, Sally begins to retreat into autism. She first stares silently at the night sky. Then she shrieks when Ruth wears a baseball cap the wrong way. Finally she develops the habit of scaling the roof of the house and other tall structures. This makes Ruth realize that there is something seriously wrong, and she takes her to see Dr. Jacob Beerlander, a psychiatrist who is an expert in autism. As Sally retreats more and more into herself, Beerlander and Ruth clash over the scientific approach versus the intuition of a mother. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Kathleen Turner
as Ruth Matthews
Tommy Lee Jones
as Dr. Jake Beerlander
Asha Menina
as Sally Matthews
Shiloh Strong
as Michael Matthews
Esther Rolle
as Adelle
Park Overall
as Lillian Huber
Michael Horse
as Stoker
Anne Pitoniak
as Judge
Mali Finn
John Bennes
as Taxi Driver
Joaquin Martinez
as Selord
Craig Fuller
as Roy Huber
Nick Searcy
as Construction Driver
John Henderson
as Bart Huber
Jacqueline Cassell
as Joey's Mother


Wolfgang Glattes
Gianni Nunnari
Dale Pollock
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Lianne Halfon
Edward Khmara
Victor Hammer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Walter Murch
Peter Larkin
Production Designer
Charley Beal
Art Director
Jonathan Sanger
Edward Khmara
Associate Producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Executive Producer
Leslie Rollins
Set Designer
Julie Weiss
Costume Designer
Greg Hull
Special Effects
Tony Gittleson
First Assistant Director
Wolfgang Glattes
Production Manager
Gianni Nunnari
Co-Executive Producer
Jeff Goodwin