An aspiring Irish actor and his family illegally immigrate in the United States with the dreams of the father breaking into the New York City theatrical scene. Once they arrive in the big city, they move into a flop house and try to make it truly their home. While they struggle to fit in their new country, the family finds new friends like the reclusive neighbour, Mateo, who provides help in the most unexpected ways in America.

An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States.

A genuinely touching film about an Irish immigrant family who come to live in New York amid the most daunting conditions of near-poverty.

Paddy Considine and Samantha Morton portray the parents with commendable restraint given the possibilities for wallowing in this struggle-street saga; but the film is stolen by the sisters, Sarah and Emma Bolger, who play their kids: two remarkable child performers.