Santoro family lives in an elegant country villa the whose ancestor is the old Theodora. One day her son has an accident and is paralyzed; Eleanor, his wife throws herself into the arms of a lover, but the mother-in-law does everything possible to replace it with another of her choice.
9-year old Karl Lejon, 'Skorpan' is suffering from tuberculosis and knows that he will die soon. But his older brother Jonathan tries to comfort him by promising that they one day will meet in Nangijala, a magic country beyond the stars.
Set in Spain and France against the backdrop of a terrorist insurgency, the film tells the story of an aging Frenchman who falls in love with a young woman who repeatedly frustrates his romantic and sexual desires.