Haunted by the sudden, mysterious death of his mother when he was a child, Sweet Dreams examines how successful war reporter Massimo Gramellini (Valerio Mastandrea) confronts the truth of his past in order to move on with his life.

Switching between Massimo’s adulthood, his childhood in 1960s Turin and his formative years, he and compassionate French doctor Elisa (Bérénice Bejo) address his childhood wounds and put old ghosts to rest. Based on the autobiographical novel Sweet Dreams, Little One by Massimo Gramellini this is a film about family, memory and loss.