Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop that provides cigars and sanctuary for leftists and Jewish people amidst the rise of fascism. There, he befriends Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer. Franz seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst as he falls in love with the dancer Anezka. Political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen during the Nazi occupation, and Franz, Freud, and Anezka must decide if they will stay or flee.
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler.