It’s the end of an era, and smoking has finally been banned in the last corners of Europe. The central bank of Austria is printing money around the clock and the fear of an imminent global financial crash drives a Greek woman, a teacher in her forties, to search for an apartment in Vienna where she might store her valuables and protect her savings. The apartment she likes is out of her reach. However, one of her Greek language students, a Viennese man, offers to help her and shares his solution to this problem. Initially she neither understands nor trusts him, but eventually, with the help of her scheming British friend, she becomes versed in the art of smuggling, and other illegal crafts, and finds a way of dealing with her economical fears. As the film unfolds, she and her British friend make a strong impact on the sentimental lives of a few young local people.
Among other references and sources of inspiration, the film evokes the figures of Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, and Michel de Montaigne, whose personal stories, reflections and epiphanies will intertwine with spontaneous autobiographical cinematic gags and highly theatrical tableaux in which everyday reality has merged with fanciful fiction toward a singular narrative construct.