Set against the background of demonstrations in Bologna after a 1981 train-station massacre, the characters in this drama wander from one event in their lives to another without much direction or seeming purpose, but always with the greater social unrest as a backdrop. Two partners, Bruno (Victor Cavallo) and Marco (Pietro Valsecchi), are examples of an anarchy that can dominate life without necessarily being recognized. The partners' television station is rapidly losing money and they are desperately trying to keep it afloat: they dun their friends, they plan a kidnapping that they almost carry out, they steal some money from Bruno's mother and then gamble it into nothing, and they make a television commercial that bombs. Other characters include a gorgeous artist's model and a sculptor who is not exactly a paragon of staid behavior. As these individuals and their personalities unfold in quick-paced succession, the slippery hold they have over their own destinies defies any easy tightening up.
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