For five years Rogelio, a Chilean exile, has been in the GDR, where he works as a lighting technician at a theater. Though his colleagues try to make him feel welcome, he feels lonely and isolated.
He dreams about the soubrette Cornelia and transforms his dream into reality in his letters to his mother. He writes about how happy he is – in this fantasy relationship – and about his marriage plans. On the same day that Rogelio decides he cannot continue with this lie, he learns that his mother died a year earlier – and that his uncle has been writing letters in her name to protect him from the grief of her death.
Based on the eponymous novel (1982) by Omar Saavedra Santis.