It's the ‘60s, and there’s little work in southern Italy. Gigi, his older brother Giancarlo and their parents leave their poor and dusty hometown of Solino for Germany, where they open the first pizzeria in the Ruhr District. The two boys begin to explore the strange new world around them, Gigi with openness and enthusiasm, Giancarlo prudently and carefully.
The years go by and the boys become rebellious young men. The latent rivalry between the brothers rises to the surface when they both fall in love with their childhood friend Johanna. Giancarlo, who has always felt like he was in the shadow of his more popular younger brother, wants Johanna for himself. He also envies Gigi's determination to realize his childhood dream of shooting a movie. Just when his first film is selected for a festival, Gigi temporarily returns to Solino, leaving Johanna with Giancarlo, and the fate of his film in his brother's hands.