Eleven-year-old Maria loses her little brother to cancer. Her mother retreats into deep depression; her father attempts to keep the family emotionally afloat. Sent to her grandparents' home for the summer, Maria meets Jacob, also an eleven-year-old, but with a completely different attitude to life and loss - he is an outgoing, adventurous latch-key kid with wisdom way beyond his tender years. Their budding friendship helps Maria reach out to her mother so that they can mourn and heal together.
This is a very beautiful and touching movie, full of tenderness which goes deep down into the soul. In the last scene of the movie, when Maria appears at the window with the background of that beautiful song – “Jeg er her for deg” – one can hardly keep from crying, despite the happy ending. The heroine of the story, Maria, is beautifully and convincingly interpreted by young Thea Sophie Rusten, who is terribly and almost impossibly cute. It is really a pity that she has not showed us her talent in any movie other than this.