20 year-old Nico (Julie Fournier) lives to party. She comes from an affluent neighbourhood on Zurich's Goldcoast and since finishing highschool she's been taking things easy, living life day by day and focussing, above all else, on herself. Her relationship towards her parents is practically non-existant. Her father strives to make a name for himself and earn lots of money as a banker and is thus hardly ever at home. Her mother lives alone, unable to get to grips with her life, and at times so manically depressed that she doesnt recognise her own daughter.
Nico spends her time in the local discotheque with her best friend Wanda (Zoé Miku). Nico is able to afford her extravagant life-style by maintaining an affair with the clubs' owner, Boris (Stefan Gubser). Wanda on the other hand, couldnt be more different to Nico, stemming as she does, from a lower working class background. Wanda is determined to take advantage of her good looks to make as much money as possible.
Nico is intelligent enough to see through her own superficial lifestyle, but too indecisive and unsure as to how to change it. Her insecurities and fears are well hidden beneath her cool, controlled exterior. Fighting against the growing sensation of emptiness that is enveloping her, she enrolls onto a theatre course where she is given the chance to play the part of the Queen of the Amazones in the classic greek tale of Penthesilea.
One evening in Boris' club, she meets the frontman of the Hip-Hop band «Menace Evasions». Paco (Carlos Leal), the son of Spanish immigrants, is critical towards his success, aware that his songs are being played in supermarkets but that no one cares to listen or understands his lyrics. The gig at the club ends in catastrophe when Paco encourages Boris' guests to help themselves to drinks. Boris forcibly interrupts the concert, sends the band packing, vowing not to pay them. Fascinated by Paco's provocative style Nico decides to confront him backstage. It is only the next day, however, when Nico coincidentally shows up at the band's video shoot, that the two slowly fall in love with each other.
Nico is impressed by Paco. A «rebel» who uses words like «message» without irony, who never gives up and who has fought his way up in life. Paco, similarly fascinated by Nico's carefree spontaneity, decides to change his life and in future, only do those things which he really enjoys doing. First, however, he has to go on tour with his band, leaving Nico behind.
Nico arduously tries to incorporate some of Paco's rebelious approach to life into her own world, with self destructive consequences.
|Last update: 20.01.2006, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion|