With Valérie Donzelli, Michel Vuillermoz, Patrick Lapp
April 1974, two journalists working for the Swiss radio are sent to Portugal to make a report about Swiss aid there. Bob, a sound technician nearing retirement, goes along for the ride aboard his trusty mobile broadcast unit VW van. However, once there, nothing seems to go as planned. What with abandoned projects and others serving as a deposit to colonial theses for supporters of Salazar, the atmosphere is highly charged between Julie, the feminist, and the wily war correspondent, Chauvin. Not even the cheery disposition of Pelé, the young Portuguese translator, makes any difference and the team decides to throw in the towel. But the wind of historic change steers the VW to the centre of the Carnation Revolution, turning Cauvin into a hero of the people even though he’s unable to speak a word of their language, Julie into a devotee who is not quite as liberated as she imagined and Pelé into an ardent revolutionary with an allergy to carnations. As for Bob, there is no way that the sexual freedom young people have been demanding since May 68 is going to elude him on this beautiful April night of 1974.
When democracy crosses your path, you must be ready to seize it no matter what, even if it means practicing a little civil disobedience, considered a deadly sin by any good law- abiding Swiss.