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LIFE AS A HOUSE (article first published : 2003-11-9)

M-Net presents Life as a House on November 10 at 20h00. This is a comedy directed by Irwin Winkler with Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas with Hayden Christensen and Jena Malone.

When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. Unfilled and depressed, 45-year old architect George Monroe has lost sight of his dreams. Living in an inherited shack he had planned on rebuilding years ago, he works tirelessly at his job and remains estranged from his family: ex-wife Robin and maladjusted son Sam.

But, in one day, the course of George's life changes forever. He is fired from his job and diagnosed with a terminal illness. Given only four months to live, George vows to accomplish his lifelong dream of building his dream house. He recruits his son's begrudging help for the summer.

Over the course of the next few months, George attempts to mend his long-suffering relationship with the brooding and intense 16-year-old as they tear down the ramshackle shack and rebuild a monument to his dreams.

Finally, it is Robin who begins to see a change in George and feels herself drawn back into the life of her long-time ex. Together Robin and Sam help George fulfill his goal as he rebuilds his house (and his life) before it is too late.




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