In a city of Northern China body parts turn up in a coal plant. A police officer begins investigating the murders, and embarks on an odyssey that will last for years. We find him as a disgraced private detective years later, still obsessing over the case’s evidence. At the very heart of the story there is a network of scoundrels and criminals and a femme fatale, who passes herself off as the sad widow of one of the victims. As in every self-respecting film noir, there are no good guys and bad guys, only dark intentions and questionable motives.
7 year-old Mason is growing up in Texas. He lives with his mother Olivia and older sister Samantha. His musician father lives in Alaska and the children haven’t seen him in years. Olivia decides they should move to Houston so she could finish her studies. The father returns home and begins seeing the children at weekends. Olivia falls in love with her much older professor and they get married. Mason and Samantha grow up with their new step-siblings, and everything changes for them. A divorce follows, they move again, their father remarries and has another child. Their mother meets someone new and they start packing once again. Mason enters puberty, goes to high school and makes new friends. There he meets his first girlfriend and has his first kiss which is followed by his first break up and heartache. His camera becomes an extension of himself. He finds his calling, his voice. He experiments and changes. He’s growing up.
It’s 1971. The fighting between Protestants and Catholics has turned Belfast into a warzone. The presence of the military groups, gangs and secret agents of both sides and the interference of England make for an extremely volatile situation. After combat, a young British soldier is forgotten in Belfast and he will spend a nightmarish evening in captivity, wondering if the morning will find him alive.
It’s no coincidence that the first scene of ‘Kreuzweg’ shows a Sunday school class. The priest is teaching a group of children of his closed religious community, which follows the traditional Catholic faith and rejects anything modern (from pop music to mixed schools for boys and girls) as satanic.
Father James is a kind and friendly priest in a seaside town outside Dublin. He is calm, gnostic, tender and tries to keep his flock on a straight path. One day, he listens to the confession of a young man who was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy. The man decides to avenge the wrongdoing by killing Father James, an innocent representative of the Catholic church, who is called to carry the burden of guilt of decades. The murder is scheduled to take place at the beach, the following Sunday. Father James has only a week to save himself and his faithful flock that always seems ready to slip into sin, or just settle his manners and surrender himself to punishment and catharsis.