The story opens just before Christmas, when solitary, apathetic bank clerk Flemming Borck uncovers a plot to rob his bank. (It’s a convoluted set-up, so we’ll just leave it at that.) After doing a little rookie recon, Borck identifies the would-be bank robber as a faux shopping-mall Santa Claus, and counter-plots to steal the money himself and let Santa take the blame. This works out about as badly as you might imagine, and our bumbling protagonist spirals further and further away from the carefree, laconic lifestyle he had hoped to ensure for himself.
An American geologist accidentally discovers oil in Turkish mountains. An assassin is sent by someone to eliminate him because of that. He boards a passenger boat to try to escape. However, one of the passengers is the assassin.
Christopher Tauling, a U.N. official, is leading an effort to warn the authorities worldwide that a bacterial weapon is at the ready to wipe out most of mankind.
Three American businessmen have a problem with their Brazilian company: someone is embezzling millions of dollars. Michael is having an affair with Frank’s wife Paige, but wants to end it. Paige is not so accommodating, and causes trouble with Michael’s wife Kitty and his new interest, local artist Miranda. When someone is murdered Michael becomes a suspect, and must try to find the murderer and catch the embezzler while sorting out the wreckage of his personal life.
After a woman is found butchered in her New York apartment, suspicion falls on her estranged husband, an ad executive who has suddenly left town on a cross-country road trip. He takes along a beautiful girl he met in a bar and a drifter he picked up along the way. A cop sets out after the husband, but he’s more interested in shaking him down than bringing him back.
While riding a London bus, a mysterious young woman named Cenci mistakes Leonora, a middle-aged prostitute, for her recently deceased mother. Leonora, who has lost a child, accepts Cenci’s bizarre invitation to move into her mansion, live with her and act as her mother. At first, the two live happily together, but when Cenci’s stepfather, Albert, returns to the estate, Cenci’s shocking past begins to unravel.
A low-level criminal named Theo has just gotten out of jail by trading information to the authorities about some of Montreal’s most notorious crooks. Eager to make his way to the States, Theo agrees to pull off a heist for a government official in exchange for a guaranteed route to the the U.S. for him and his son. Theo, working with a crew that includes his boy, almost pulls the job off flawlessly — but the group’s one mistake may jeopardize the lives of everyone involved.
Traumatized by a horrific incident from her childhood, petty criminal Nikki picks up lonely businessmen and robs them with the help of her faithful boyfriend, Al. After one of their marks accidentally ends up dead, the couple discovers he was in possession of a videotape that shows football legend Zipper Doyle committing sex crimes. Soon the lovers are being chased through the Australian outback by both Zipper and the police.