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1997. Elizabeth’s eccentric, often inebriated émigré mother Aranca is approaching retirement in straitened circumstances. Her novel solution is to seek compensation from the Hungarian Government for what she suffered during the war.
In the wake of her father's sudden death and her mother's increasing obsession with wartime Hungary, Elizabeth is struggling to keep her job and her relationship.
Then she gets a phone call to say that her mother has been arrested in Budapest. Elizabeth is forced to confront the nature of motherhood, love and loss as she puts together the clues to Aranca's past.
Can either woman escape their past and the historic events that have shaped their destiny?