Set in Milan in the summer of 1989 against the background of the fall of communism, the film examines the lives of four frustrated individuals whose lives intertwine: The title is intended to be ironic: despite the triumph of the West and of capitalism in 1989, life in the affluent West is not automatically a bed of roses and happines can be as elusive as anywhere else
Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe.
Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child.