An American Affair is a 2009 independent drama directed by William Olsson and written by Alex Metcalf. The film is set in the fall of 1963 in a suburban Washington, D.C., neighborhood. The story follows 13-year-old junior high student, Adam Stafford (Cameron Bright), in a coming-of-age story. Adam is an only child who goes to Catholic school and feels ignored by his old-fashioned parents and rejected by every girl he meets in school. When a sexy 30ish woman, Catherine Caswell (Gretchen Mol), moves in next door, Adam is very interested in her. Catherine who works as a painter seems very mysterious to Adam. In order to learn more about her, Adam goes to extreme measures that include steam-opening her mail, hiding in her closet and reading her personal diary, to learn everything he can. Catherine does not notice Adam spying, but she has secrets of her own: Catherine has a relationship with the CIA and they've taken of Adam.