The prodigal father who figures in almost every Theo Angelopoulos film here has evaporated into his mythical essence. In the ‘chaos’, two children appear, little Alexandros and his older sister Voula. In order to exorcise their loneliness, they invent a secret universe for themselves. Every night they go to a train station to watch a train depart to Germany where they have been deceived by their mother into believing their absent father is living. One night they finally dare to get on the train. But their voyage turns out to be hazardous and pointless and disappointing.
They confront suffering, physical and moral illness, jealousy, evil and death, if also love - as many ordeals and rites as initiations. Evading the half-hearted pursuit of the police and uncaring relatives, sneak onto trains, hitchhike in vans and lorries, and suffering poverty, rape and exploitation, take a dangerous leap of faith, an eerie plunge into liberation and danger.
The familiar Greek landscape are played for a strangely harsh fairytale quality, seen through the eyes of two children whose introduction to the real world borders on the surreal. The film is filled with extraordinary, unforgettable moments that are at once real and hallucinatory.