Spain in the 60s: the Franco dictatorship. Poverty is everywhere. Lola, who comes from Malaga, is a widow with two children. She decides to emigrate to Germany, leaving her two children with their grandparents, hoping to be able to support them better from abroad.
Lola finds a place to stay with some acquaintances and starts work as a cleaner. Often, she is completely exhausted from having to work so many hours. She misses her children and her homeland: the sun, the zest for life and the warmth of the people. Germany is so “different”. Her attempts to integrate and connect with the Germans fail. They seem to prefer to remain amongst themselves...
On the one hand, Lola should be happy. She has a job and is able to send money back to her children. However, she falls into a deep depression from which she cannot escape on her own. She contemplates whether suicide is the solution to her despair.
The memory of her late husband gives Lola the courage to live. Meanwhile, Fernando, who works for the same company, has fallen in love with her and invites her to go with him to a Spanish fiesta. He shows her that life, despite all the difficulties, is still worth living. Lola falls in love with him and her life is filled with hope once again. The world around her appears in new colors and she sees the miracle of life in everyone and everything around her. She learns to accept being in Germany and has a feeling of universal solidarity.
Suddenly “being different” is something beautiful, the “icing on the cake". Lola realizes that happiness comes from within and that she can be at home anywhere, providing she decides to positively involved.