The opening scene of this dark Croatian comedy depicts a construction worker falling in slow motion to his untimely death, setting the tone for the rest of the film; it also serves to introduce his widow, who becomes the central character around whom the narrative unfolds. Interpersonal connections in the poor Croatian town in which the story takes place act as symbols for relationships in general. The film follows the young widow’s attempt to seduce an ex-alcoholic priest and then his twin brother, an army general conducting a clandestine affair with the female minister of defense. There is also a love affair between an ex emigrant’s young daughter and a tree-hugging haiku poet. Tradition, national identity and sacred and secular institutions all become exposed as inane and powerless when viewed through the eyes of the smitten characters, suggesting that love, universally, does conquer all. Based on a popular Croation novel by Ante Tomic the film is visually compelling though slightly heavy handed with the daytime soap opera plot twists.