ANNELIE is an old boarding house in Munich that has long since fallen into disrepair. When paying customers stopped coming, it was leased by the City as temporary accommodation for homeless people and welfare cases. But temporary has turned into more than a decade for some residents, and the long wait has inevitably brought some strange characters together. All seen as beyond hope, jobless for years, ANNELIE is their home.
Max is one of them. He used to be an actor, a child star in fact, but now hes a junky and applies his talent solely to professional sponging. Another resident runs a struggling kiosk, and his other half keeps them both in the black by selling her body. Max finds hope for a new beginning when he starts up an affair with the beautiful owner of a swingers club, but an incident with a dead body turns everything upside down. In 2012, the City decides to close ANNELIE down and demolish the whole building, swingers club and all.
The news sends the residents into a panic. While Maxs drug addiction drags him ever lower, the other members of the unlikely ANNELIE family drunks, junkies, small-time crooks, poachers must pull together one last time. With the determination of people who have nothing left to lose, they kidnap a famous rock band. The story builds to a occult climax in which bitter reality reveals itself to be a fleeting dream.