This is a story about a country girl Deliwe (Cynthia Shange) who comes from KwaZulu-Natal to the city of gold, Johannesburg. She enters the world of fashion and wins a beauty queen title. The fairy tale takes a turn for the worse when she is involved in a car accident that scars her for life.
In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle.
A newly arrived governor finds his province under the control of the corrupt Colonel Huerta. To avoid assassination by Huerta, he pretends to be weak and indecisive so Huerta will believe he poses no threat.
While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.