A film about the paradox of captivity
The prison in Mortana is an old, isolated building about to be dismantled. However, due to a bureaucratic error, something goes wrong in the process of transferring the prisoners. A bunch of inmates is left behind together with some guards, isolated from the rest of the world. The tension between the guards and the convicts is palpable, and every choice they make can bring violence and repression. Gaetano (Toni Servillo), the captain of the prison guard, is the only one who can challenge mafia boss Lagioia (Silvio Orlando). The goal is to find a way to coexist so that imprisonment can become less so, and perhaps reveal the paradox that is behind the very concept of captivity.