A contract killer and a poor family are squatting in the same residence in Baghdad courtesy of their boss, who is one of the political overlords in Iraq. The killer is caught in a moral downhill spiral with his ruthlessness increasing with every crime he commits. Meanwhile, the mother and children of the family he is living with are trapped by their conditions but refuse to give in to them. The characters seem like fragmented reflections of Iraq as it negotiates its traumas of wars and corruption, and a very uncertain future.
Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.
An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover's Verona courtyard, which are typically answered by a the "secretaries of Juliet" -- and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.