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  • Three different stories in three different European countries, which are intertwined and almost echo each other. A young hostess afraid of flying, a painter working with a young talented Romani girl and a reporter who is in a state of trauma through experiences from war, keeping him from functioning normally and working.


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  • Rome, Paris and Helsinki right after the Madrid bombings. Three stories-three main ones-about people, who for different reasons, are afraid of others. The other, the neighbor, is a source of anxiety and trouble for Maddalena, Jean Paul, Eeva, as well as for Elèna, who lives in Rome, but whose parents are Middle Eastern immigrants, for professsor Usko, who has never left Finland and who is dismayed and worried at how fast times are changing and at the intermixing of people and languages. Eeva is a grounds staff stewardess and lives near Helsinki. She tries to keep others at a distance because she thinks that in this way she can control the world around her. But next door to her new house lives Usko. He tries to bring her back into a human relationship. Jean Paul is a journalist who lives in Paris and suffers from post-traumatic shock after having survived by chance an attack in a war zone in which all his colleagues died. He is a man who is almost afraid to be alive and is afraid of the dangers that might be hidden around the corner. Maddalena lives in Rome. She is a young painter who doesnt believe in people or in feelings, and who hides behind her art. But when she meets the young Elèna, a young immigrant full of talent and dreams, she finds someone to care for. All the characters live stories that seem distant, but with points in common which depict a humanity full of differences, but at the same time, with very similar feelings. So similar that their stories seem almost parallel and complementary.

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