Spring of 1936 - in a working-class district in the north of Paris, a neighbourhood that probably had a name once but now is simply called the Faubourg. In this blue-collar neighbourhood, the triumphant election of the Popular French government is greeted with enthusiasm and hopes for a brighter tomorrow, yet stirs up all kinds of extremism. In early May, three residents of the Faubourg, show-business workers and close friends, do not share other people's wild hopes. The Chansonia, a music hall that employed them, was closed down four months earlier, leaving them all unemployed. The three friends decide to take hold of their own destiny by occupying the Charsonia and begin to produce a ""hit" musical that will allow them to buy the place. Each one of them has different motives behind this production but all share the same goal: to find a new balance in their lives.