Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is losing his way in life. He seems to have everything in life, an enviable home with a Porshe in the garage, a successful career in finance and his seemingly perfect and beautiful wife, Julia (Heather Lind) Then the accident happens. In an instant, Julia is killed by a reckless driver and Davis' life is turned upside-down. Throughout the initial grieving process, the young investment banker comes to the realisation that he never truly loved his wife and that he had become numb to life. In trying to find his way, Davis takes the advice of his father-in-law, Phil (Chris Cooper), to take things apart that do not work. Also, he begins to find a therapeutic benefit to writing letters to a vending machine customer service representative, Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts), who attempts to help him in his bereavement. This unexpected relationship begins the deconstruction of Davis' life and the eventual rebuilding of his soul.
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