A Tempest in Four Teacups
Viola lives in a small village in the South of France, in a big house that she shares with her dog Chai. She has a shop that sells teas from all over the world. Her passion is to find the right blend for the emotions of each of her customers and to invent epicurean recipes with her teas.
Teas that assuage fear, bitterness, and melancholy; teas that brings happiness, euphoria, a sense of lightness and peace. There is a brew for every mood and Viola knows them all. She mixes, tastes, and pours out her teas in just the right doses. In her tea atelier, in various flavors and mugs, she administers centiliter after centiliter of renewed hope and trength. For her birthday, Viola always meets up with three lifelong friends in La Calmette for a rendezvous of chatting, relaxing, and sunbathing admist the scent of lavender. But this year is different.
Despite the joy of seeing her friends, Viola is tormented by grief over the death of her husband in a tragic car accident: three years have passed, but her suffering continues unabated. Meanwhile Mavi, the only mother in the group, is perpetually stressed. Chantal, a yoga teacher in search of her place in the world, is having doubts about her partner, who is much younger than she. And Alberta, an architect, is distant, distracted by her professional commitments and a new love. None of the four women appears to be the same person the others knew, or thought they knew.
Each has within her an unexpected uneasiness, mounting by the hour like a storm and which finally erupts in front of Viola’s birthday cake and her unsuspecting assistant Azalée. Between illusions and disappointments, regrets and revenge, tears and laughter, the four women will be confronted with their childhood dreams and the missed opportunities of adulthood. But they will also pass through this storm to emerge stronger and transformed.
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