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Set over the course of one hellish day, director Philippe Van Leeuw's claustrophobic drama glimpses the conflict in Syria through the eyes of a mother, who is trying to keep her brood safe from harm in the family's first-floor apartment. Oum Yazan (Hiam Abbass) is determined to protect her son Yazan (Mohammad Jihad Sleik) and daughters Yara (Alissar Kaghadou) and Aliya (Ninar Halabi) from the barbarity in the surrounding streets. She is also sheltering her father-in-law Mustafa (Mohsen Abbas), Yara's boyfriend Kareem (Elias Khatter), her neighbours and the family's maid Delhani (Juliette Navis). When one of the group is shot by snipers in the street during a meeting with a reporter, Oum Yazan attempts to conceal this shocking turn of events from her guests to avoid panic. Tensions gradually escalate and, when two men break into the apartment, the mother and her family face their worst fears.