Giuseppe (Paolo Villaggio) takes his blind seven-year-old granddaughter Carla (Francesca Pipoli) from Puglia to his native Geneva. Giuseppe wants to call in an old debt in order to pay for an eye operation for the girl, and the man he needs to find in order to do so is Gaston (Jean-Luc Bideau), with whom he worked for three decades. However, when Giuseppe arrives in Geneva he finds Gaston residing in a sanitarium and his once-profitable company in economic shambles. As Giuseppe becomes reacquainted with his old friend, various revelations surface about his background and his relationship with Gaston's wife (Marie-Christine Barrault).
~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide