Three of the world's most celebrated directors - Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach, and Ermanno Olmi - join together to direct a trilogy of interwoven stories set during a train journey from Central Europe to Rome. The characters connect through casual encounters but the stories are related through their themes of social status, the mystery of chance, and sacrifice. An elderly businessman finds solace and a new insight into life when he meets a younger woman (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). A young man is torn between an older woman who controls him and a younger one that attracts him. 3 Scottish youths on their way to the football match of their dreams are forced to open their eyes and see the bigger picture.