Carly works late at night in a translation booth, one out of the many booths located in a dark plenary hall of the European Parliament. There she wants to prepare translating a Japanese documentary, which deals with Japanese subcultures. Without any specific interest to the theme, Carly translates monotonously from Japanese. However, although she first works automatically concentrating on a precise translation, directing her gaze to the European flag in the middle of the hall, more and more, she becomes attracted and interested by the punk looking girls being interviewed.
Whereas an actress plays the role of Carly, the interviews with the Japanese girls are documentary footage shot by An van. Dienderen in Harajuku, Tokyo. This minimalist portrait reflects the complexities of translation, set in the European Parliament, the only place worldwide where all the texts used and produced, are daily translated in as many as 23 languages.
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