Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) lives comfortably with his wife and children in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in the early 1800s — a time when far too many black people are far less fortunate.
Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko) fall in love in France, commit to staying together and settle into life in Oklahoma with her young daughter, Tatiana (Tatiana Chiline).
Rene Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) loves his job. An advertising executive in Chile, he's indistinguishable from many Americans in his infatuation with flash over substance - as evidenced by the commercials he so gleefully creates. But Rene would argue that substance is secondary to his miss…
Paris lawyer Paul Exben (Romain Duris) has it all - or would like to think so. As in the Talking Heads song, "Once in a Lifetime," he lives in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife. Not only that, but they have two beautiful children.