Adi, an awkward anthropologist in his forties, moves to Bucharest’s most impoverished area, Ferentari, leaving behind him a broken relationship. He seeks to emerge himself in his work and into the Roma community. Adi is trying to write a dissertation on manele music, which is particularly popular amongst the Roma. Instead, he falls in love with his guide, the chubby and charismatic petty criminal Alberto. Being gay amongst conservative Roma is dangerous, and Alberto himself carries years of abuse on his shoulders after a lifetime of poverty and incarceration. Yet, Adi and Alberto manage to find affection and tenderness in each other, the kind they have never known before.
Friends and lovers are easy to lose in harsh, destitute communities like Ferentari. Director Ivana Mladenović tells the story of these two unlikely Romeos in a humorous and affectionate manner. Perhaps there actually is hope for love in such a brutal place?