His claim seems on the face of it well founded. Persecution and risk of death if he were to return. But the French asylum system is harsh and his application and subsequent appeal are rejected. He then has 30 days to leave France or will be deported.
Abbas had a job at a fruit and flower market where he had met Carole, a florist of Polish origin. They formed a relationship although he was still suffering nightmares and continuing thoughts about his dead wife.
As the 30 days gradually melt away we witness a tender relationship between Abbas and Carole, he and the children moving into her flat when his landlord evicts them. Abbas is a good man with two lovely children, Asma and Yacine. His son Asma is very upset by their predicament, and blames his father, while his daughter Yacine is delightful and comforts her father.
Meanwhile his brother Etienne one day returns to his shanty home to find it burnt out, with anti immigrant graffiti on the nearby wall. This deeply affects him and he rejects Abbas' offer of help. The events that then follow are quite shocking.
All through this film I half expected a happy outcome. But while there is much warmth while watching Carole and Abbas, and the children as a new family, especially on the occasion of Carole's birthday, in the end the system wins and I was left feeling nothing short of disgust.
A film that should be compulsory viewing for the moral education of both young and old alike.