A gang of car driving youngsters (raggare) hang out in a café outside Stockholm. The coolest among the youngsters, Roffe, kidnaps his girlfriend when discovering that she hangs out with guys from another gang.
Ten years after the end of World War I, Austrian soldier Franz leaves Russia and returns to his village, where he is reunited with Frieda, a woman who believes he is her long-lost son.
Celestino has communication problems because of his incomprehensible native dialect. When he falls madly in love with a deaf girl called Rosetta, he learns sign language and pretends to be deaf as well in order to court her.
May and her brother are inseparable as children. When May becomes an adolescent, she can’t seem to let go of memories of her childhood, which seem to sustain her in her cold, loveless middle class home in Diamond Hill.
An old lady, living on memories among the cluttered objects of her past, decides to exchange her apartment for a smaller one. She is thus temporarily brought into contact with other people until, resettled, she once again retreats into isolation.
In a working-class neighborhood of post-WWII Turin, Italy, 10-year-old Anna lives with her mother, Lidia, a secretary in a factory typing pool. As a partisan during the war, Anna’s father died a hero. Anna’s Catholic teacher awards a medal to the best pupil.
Félix, disguised as Father Christmas, hands out leaflets advertising a sexy Christmas party. His place is taken by an African Santa Claus and he returns to his caravan only to find his girlfriend Josette about to leave him. When he comes after her, she takes refuge at “SOS Distress”, run by two neurotics, Thérèse and Pierre.
Laurent is a poster designer who is about to begin rehearsals for his first stage play, a musical comedy. To celebrate this auspicious event, he holds a party at his apartment, to which his best friends are all invited. News that the lead actress in Laurent’s play has been run over by a bus laden with Dutch tourists puts a damper on the evening, but Laurent wastes no time looking for a replacement, not knowing that his girlfriend Valérie covets the part. As Valérie’s dreams of stardom are crushed she realises that her relationship with Laurent is over – or so she thinks. Either way, the evening will prove decisive for them both.