When the poetry of Repairing the Living of Maylis de Kerangal meets filial love and the apocalyptic world of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.
The story takes place in Berlin today in three days: the day of the return, the day of the earthquake and the nameless day. Three days in which the destinies of three characters are played out. In a Europe overwhelmed by stifling heat, 38-year-old Marika returns to Berlin with her son Solal. This trip to Germany plunges the French woman back into a foreign language and a painful past: seven years earlier, when Solal was born, she left the city suddenly. Today, her child will meet his father, Thomas, a famous German playwright and director, for the first time. She agrees to leave them both alone for one night.
The next day, when she has to meet them in a café, an unprecedented natural disaster will upset the country and the family’s destiny. An old volcano has awakened in the West of Germany: an eruption of terrible intensity lets out a fiery cloud and within a few hours a cloud of ashes covers Berlin with its black flakes. At the same time, the city is shaken by a violent earthquake that cuts the city in half. In this setting of the end of the world, Marika goes in search of her son, trapped with his father in the rubble.