A feature film
The sins of the father are visited on the children, but the sins of the mother are woven in their souls
At the base of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, in a village haunted by the betrayals of war, a woman recites dark incantations as she embroiders a dizzying pattern onto a wedding dress. This act sets in motion a series of tragic events in the lives of three generations of women over two continents - from the war-torn landscape of Eastern Europe during World War II, through Communist Romania, to North America just after the Romanian Revolution.
Headstrong and spirited, Ana survives a family tragedy to pursue her mother’s dream for her, becoming prima ballerina for the Bucharest National Opera. But this is during Communism and, at the height of her fame, her husband forces her to defect to safety and anonymity in Canada. Ana lives a quiet and dutiful life until, on the eve of her daughter’s wedding, she is called to fulfill her part in the family curse and visit the damage on her daughter.