Leif is in his fifties. He is a film enthusiast with a partiality for old Danish film classics. Now he works as a film projectionist and runs the cinema in a small provincial town, where Solvej, who is a few years younger has lived all her life. A young woman in job training and a love-struck local politician bring chaos and jealousy into Leif and Solvej's relationship. After many complications and a show where everything goes wrong, Leif takes over the plot of the film on stage and finally, as the film's hero, he makes his declaration of love to Solvej.