Peace in the Fields takes place around 1925. Stanne a wealthy Flemish farmer, is alleged to have murdered his fiancée 20 years before. Although the case against him was dismissed fierce resentment still burns between his family and that of Johanna, the victim’s mother. And then the farmer’s son falls in love with the girl’s younger sister. Johanna forbids their marriage and her old enemy starts to feel again the pangs of conscience, the need to confess the crime.
A young and hapless Antwerp thief, working for a gang led by leather-clad Philippe Clay, quarrels with his boss and kills him during a fight. Enlisting his sister’s help, he tries to get rid of the body in the harbour, – attracting the attention of a night watchman who seeks to profit from the situation.
Somewhere between Woody Allen and Freud, between documentary and fiction, Histoires d’Amerique conjures up the destinies of several generations of Jewish immigrants in New York.
The film tells the story of Freek Groenevelt and Simone Marijnissen whose lives are taken over by Joachim Stiller. He’s a bizarre character who influences Freek and Simone’s lives in different ways.