House of Cards is a 1993 drama directed by Michael Lessac. In the film, the Matthews family has been devastated by a tragic death. To help the mourning family make a fresh start, Ruth Matthew (Kathleen Turner) decides to relocate with her two children, Michael (Shiloh Strong) and Sally (Asha Menina). Michael slowly begins to heal and adapt to his new family dynamic and new town. Ruth worries about Sally, who seems to withdraw further from her and Michael and unwilling to try and adapt to the new situation. When Ruth cannot seem to connect to her daughter at all anymore, she decides to enlist the help of Jake Beerlander (Tommy Lee Jones), a child expert. Jake attempts to help Sally heal through traditional methods, but Ruth worries it is not enough. With her daughter's behavior becoming increasingly odd, Ruth takes it upon herself to do whatever she must in order to save Sally.