After two years in a mental institution, housewife Kira comes home to her husband, Mads , and their children, hoping to reconnect with her family and get on with her life. But things go wrong almost immediately, as she hysterically, though not without reason, accuses Mads of infidelity. After she confronts her father about family secrets, Kira’s mental stability deteriorates even further, and she and her family must decide what course to take.
Frederique leaves her family’s small-town trout farm to embark on an journey taking her to Japan and into the arms of a man. Irritations concerning her actions and present state of feelings begin to fill her mind, forcing her to come to terms with innermost self.
From 1769 to 1821, Napoléon Bonaparte’s life, loves and exceptional destiny but as seen through the eyes of Talleyrand, the cynic and ironic politician, who once was the Emperor of France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Hideo is the leader of the motorcycle gang The Bears. He beats up the leader of a rival gang The Scorpions without a reason. The Scorpions retaliate, which lands Hideo severly injured in the hospital of Hiroshi’s father. Hiroshi, the black sheep of his wealthy family is a gay boy with a drug addiction, who’s deeply in love with the cool, self-assured Hideo. But Hideo ignores Hiroshi’s affection and dates Akemi, the promiscuous daughter of a hooker mother. Thus an unhappy love triangle develops.
A family evacuates Tokyo due to air raids. The first son opts to remain in the city, but he eventually rejoins his relatives. However, he’ll soon discover that life is not easy in the country, where many locals are hostile to refugees.
Jacques is an artist whose world changes when he meets Marthe, a woman intent on taking her own life. After he stops her from doing a swan dive into the Seine River, the two start regularly meeting, and Jacques learns that Marthe almost killed herself over a broken heart. As Jacques and Marthe wander through Paris over a series of nights, he begins to fall in love with her — only to find that her former lover is not entirely out of the picture.
In pre-revolutionary China, a local lord owns a fireworks factory that he leaves to his daughter, having no male heir. Chun Zhi takes control of the factory at only 19 years old, but she commands the respect of her workers, who make no issue of either her age or her gender. Unfortunately, Zhi inherited the factory under the stipulation that she never marry, a condition that becomes problematic when she falls for a traveling artist.
The story is the harried attempt of a Sicilian partisan (as part of the Risorgimento) to reach Garibaldi’s headquarters in Northern Italy, and to petition the revered revolutionary to rescue part of his besieged land. Along the way, the peasant hero encounters many colorful Italians, differing in class and age, and holding political opinions of every type.