1914. A small town in Hungary. With their father dead, the Witman brothers, Janos 14 and Erno 12 years old, are being raised by a young maid and their mother. But the charming Mrs. Witman is completely devoted to her lover, and is cold and uncaring towards her children. The two boys choose to live in their own weird and violent world. Janos meets a prostitute who gives him all the tenderness, love and attention he desperately needs. Erno will also meet the girl, upon which the boys will decide to offer her the only appropriate gift: the beautiful pendant that their mother usually wears. Just as they sacrificed animals in the past, to exorcise their father's death, so now will they sacrifice their mother.
"I wanted to describe one possible way leading to matricide, through the lack of relationships, mixing reality and a violent imaginary world together," says director Janos Szasz of the film he has made of a novel by the Hungarian author Geza Csath. "Showing violence itself was not my purpose. I look for a peculiar rhythm, colours close to monochromy precisely for the audience to watch, participate, and understand the images ’from inside’. In that sense I feel very close to Bergman and Tarkovski’s films: they represent my ideal of film."