Maria and Angela run a local lottery office inherited from their parents. They are well known for their ability to attach numbers to anything, with the help of a revered book called The Grimace. Local murders, police raids, bizarre events, all have their number potential as Naples' citizens try to win their way out of poverty.
Most people who’ve dreamt of a limping cockroach would laugh it off and forget about it. Not the Neapolitans – there could be money in it.
Via the life stories of these fortune seekers, director Anna Bucchetti weaves a charming portrait of modern day Naples through a nostalgic black and white lens. An oft-bereaved grandmother tells about her life fencing stolen goods to feed her nine children, while an exuberant transvestite, who turns his home into a bingo hall every day, recounts his recent wedding ceremony, designed to shock the locals.