Valentin, a Young painter in his thirties, is trapped in a fantasy world. With his grandmother Nina, they stroll through an imagined Paris, yet even in this idyll appearances can be deceiving - Nina has always refused to talk about her tragic past, even to his son. Valentin, meanwhile, cannot love. Eventually Nina agrees to tell him about her deportation to the Nazi concentration camps. With this revelation comes the rising of the sun, and Valentin finds a new release. He can finally start putting colour on his canvases and enter the real world.