The 30 year-old Marie-Luise has got everything going for her. She’s gorgeous, has a brilliant career as a broker and a boyfriend that is handsome and successful. While zooming in a helicopter to her next business appointment, there is a terrible accident, and she lies, deathlike, in the mangled wreckage.
Dead, but apparently not finished, Marie-Luise finds herself suddenly standing in front of Saint Peter, the gatekeeper of heaven. Face to face with him, he explains that she was removed from the program for a reason.
Every generation or so, they pull someone out simply to explain this whole God and Heaven thing.
She’s told that she needs to imagine herself as an actress in a soap opera, with a hoping-to-be-entertained God her only audience. Sometimes, however, actresses like her put on a less than satisfactory show. Saint Peter grants her fourteen days to get her act together…a bit more pizzazz, more excitement, more fun.
Back on earth, Marie-Luise comes to a village where she takes a temporary job on a farm to earn some money. The farmer Karl has a little boy called Paul who hasn’t uttered a single word since his mother abandoned them years ago.
Marie-Luise, seeing the situation as perfect for improving her “entertainment” value, attempts to instill a confidence in Paul and help him retrieve his voice.
She succeeds, and finds that she has fallen in love with Karl and the boy. However, fourteen days are fourteen days, and she suddenly stands again before Saint Peter. He explains that as far as God is concerned, making somebody happy is entertainment at its best. Barely are the words out of his mouth when Marie-Luise is whooshed back to earth, back to the farm, back to Karl and Paul…