Johnny and his young nephew forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they embark on a cross-country trip to see life away from Los Angeles.
Robin De Haas is born with a cleft palate that makes it difficult for him to speak. From this chaotic starting position and the ridicule he faces, Robin develops a fixed idea: he wants to sing, even though he can't even speak. In his search off the beaten track, he met Lynn Martin, a professor of functional anatomy, in New York. With just a few words and touches, she succeeds in explaining to him what's stuck and loosens his blockage: his voice opens up like never before.
End of the 90s. Finnish student Laura travels from Moscow to Murmansk to see ancient rock paintings. Her only neighbor in the compartment is a miner named Ljoha, a gloomy unsociable type. The long road through the snow brings them closer. Long railway. But Ljoha and Laura have something else in common, besides the coupe, which they are forced to share: both feel like strangers in this world.