Brothers Mihai and Emil have very different mechanisms of coping with the 1960s dictatorship in Romania. Young doctor Mihai tries reluctantly to play the game of informing on his neighbors in an attempt to secure his old dad a life-saving operation. Emil risks life and limb on small rebellious pranks, showing his disdain for the system. The small family suddenly gets a unique opportunity to flee to the West, but leaving everything behind is harder than you think.
Director Lăzărescu has based her film on her own father’s experiences (Emil in the film) during the cold war, and manages to create a warm and humorous family drama. It is a bittersweet story, but you smile more than you cry, and we’re in for a tale of young love, search for identity, music, hippies and brotherly bonds. All presented in the adorable, nostalgic browns of the late 60s.