The film talks about two 13-year-old blind girls Marie and Inga are close friends in a boarding school for the blind, and share a love for music. The girls are fairly sheltered in their school, and have a motto, “Trau bloß keinem Gucki!” (“Don’t trust a “lookie”). They try out for a school band, but despite their musical skills they are turned away for their blindness.
Then Marie meets a young émigré from Kazakhstan, “Herbert” (Oleg Rabcuk), and hides him from the police in the school, with the help of the sighted caretaker Mr. Karl (Dominique Horwitz). Herbert needs money to return to his homeland, against his father’s wishes. Inga proposes that the three form a band of clowns (which is what the German name of the film implies) to play music in the street, “The Blind Flyers”, with Herbert pretending to be blind as well. The band is successful—for a time.
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