Jean Genet, enfant terrible of French literature, spent part of his life in captivity. In this voyeuristic visual poem, prisoners, locked in their cells, are also trapped in their homoerotic fantasies. The film was not authorised for public screenings until the mid-seventies.
After the end of World War II Karin, a young displaced woman from Lithuania, marries Italian fisherman Antonio to get away from her internment camp. But the life on Antonio’s island, Stromboli, threatened by its volcano, is a tough one and Karin cannot get used to it.