An epic Italian drama telling the story of the wealthy Recchi family whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti), the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive industrial company, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and grandson Edo (Flavio Parenti).
But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredi’s wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her situation is rocked when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Antonio and embarks on a passionate love affair.