It is the winter of 1934 and America is in the midst of the Great Depression. And nowhere is it more keenly felt than in a rundown boarding house in Duluth, Minnesota. Proprietor Nick Laine is struggling to keep the house from being taken over by the bank, while his wife Elizabeth suffers from dementia and floats in and out of moments of clarity. He has been having an affair with Mrs Neilsen, one of the renters, but is she what he really wants? Nick and Elizabeth’s children also have their own problems--Gene is going nowhere in life and struggles with the demon drink, while Marianne is unmarried and 5 months pregnant. In a Eugene O’Neill-esque storyline, guests and various eccentric locals come in and out of the house, all with their own secrets and backstories. From jail time to blackmail to morphine addiction, their secrets are slowly revealed to the haunting backdrop of Bob Dylan’s evocative music.
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