A van drives through the night. An accident on a country road, the
van slams head-on into a car. Wedged together the two vehicles stand
motionless. People hidden beneath the cargo space. SAVA, who has paid
the smugglers a large sum of money to be brought to Spain, is among them
and quickly leaves the scene of the accident. SAVA is stranded in
Austria. Feeling cheated by the smugglers, he sets out to find them and
get his money back because SAVA's goal is still to get to Spain.
the way he encounters people who are full of anger or longing or who
harbor a deep secret. Some with money, other with debts. People with and
without illusions. People who distract SAVA from his goal and those who
might profit from him staying here. He meets the restorer MAGDALENA who
is immersed in the task of removing patina from the frescoes of a
forgotten church somewhere in the middle of nowhere. She hopes to find
peace here and let the wounds of her life heal. MAGDALENA is searching
for something that remains her secret for a long time. At night she
picks up men on the street, takes them back to her apartment, and pays
them for their services. It is easy to get the wrong idea, and spying on
her, her ex-husband ALBERT does.
ALBERT is a police officer who
lives in the illusion that his ex-wife is still his wife, if only
MAGDALENA would come back to him. His job is to disclose sham marriages
and he is as dedicated to this task as if it were his calling in life.
He is painstaking, he is perfidious, he is perfect, and no one can stand
up to his interrogations. He too is searching for something in
particular: in his interrogations he is looking for the words he needs
to win MAGDALENA back.
SAVA and MAGDALENA will meet in the
church. They will work side by side, they will feel desire, they will
make love without exchanging a single word. ALBERT will learn of this
love affair, he will find the church but will only be able to vent his
speechlessness in fury.
Meanwhile, hovering high above the
rooftops is GABRIEL, a pathological gambler, a fallen angel, who in an
attempt to take fate into his own hands and pay back his debts becomes