While driving through a small Chilean fishing village on his way to the capital, an American millionaire’s new Mercedes-Benz breaks down. In a hurry to get to his destination–and to dodge his ex-wife, who’s hot on his trail–he gives the car to Antonio, a poor potter who befriends him, and heads out to Santiago by bus. Antonio finds that, contrary to his expectations, owning the expensive new car winds up causing him nothing but trouble, and he decides to find the American in Santiago and return the car to him. Complications ensue.
Silvia, an adolescent, has made the most crucial decision in her life; to commit suicide. But before she does so, she makes it clear in her video-diary that she wishes to donate her organs. Carlos, a middle-aged man with uncertain work prospects and the responsibility of a family receives Silvia’s heart. Inés, blind from birth and cut off from the world around her receives her corneas, and Mateo, a lonely, misunderstood young man, her liver. Three anonymous people who receive Silvia’s gift, a new chance to live. What made Silvia take the decision to end her life? Why is this the solution she yearned for so much, the explanation to her existence and her freedom?
On stormy night in an ugly urban landscape, Ciro Norte, a scientist with wild hair and thick glasses, straps himself to a chair he’s has fashioned with wires: lightening strikes, convulsing him. It seems his experiment has not worked. The next day, he drives his jalopy to a bar, sits alone, and weeps. But suddenly, a vortex sucks him into a dream state where he wanders, escapes man-eating fish, confronts his doppelganger, walks through a field of giant flowers, and comes upon Venus herself, buried up to her shoulders in sand.
The film follows several lower-middle-class, thirtysomething characters in the city of Santiago de Chile. Tito has moved to Santiago in search of a better life and works as a car salesman but is unhappy, as his job finds him under constant pressure and scrutiny from his boss, Rudy. One weekend when he must pass Rudy the paperwork which will close a car deal, Tito meets up with his sister Amanda and a stranger called Lucho. During a drunken dinner, they encounter many interesting characters and discuss many topics, including utopianism. This conversation almost causes a fight with a neighboring table of young men who are singing patriotic songs.
During the socialist government of Marmaduke Grove in 1932, a group of villagers decide to take some land in the area of Palmilla. Almost like a mythical journey, problems arise when seated and in a position to bring the socialist ideal in the population. Everything becomes more complicated with rumors that the reactionary forces have overthrown the socialist government. A movie that because of the coup was not released in Chile and was only terminated by Littin in exile in Mexico.