In 1993 the sleepy town at the former East-German border, where Jim and Elise live, has changed little since the German reunification. Despite being deeply in love the two are bored to the bone. As Jim races his car down deserted country roads, he dreams of the perfect death: a head-on collision while kissing Elise. Instead, he accidentally runs over and kills a friend, His feelings of guilt plunge him into a deep depression which drives a wedge between him and Elise. Jim moves in with Frank Morris who claims to be writing a screenplay and wants Jim to help him. Jim grows close Morris, which arouses Elise´s jealousy. Seeking to defuse the tension, Morris invites the young couple for a weekend at the coast. There, the trio´s complex relationship takes an unexpected turn when Morris reveals his true identity. But life is no movie.