In the centre of the film are two poets, Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange forms the basis for the narrative of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters of the poets. The tumultuous emotions evoked by proximity and distance, fascination and fear captivate them. However, they also happen to enjoy each other’s company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music.