Surrounded by a magical Uruguayan countryside, the citizens of Melo prepare for a miraculous chance to lift their heads above grinding poverty. Their dreams are simple: to pay for a daughter's technical training, buy the father a second-hand motorcycle, and for the wife, not starch for her work, but something just to enjoy. The purveyor of this miracle is Pope John Paul II, who will visit the town and speak to the faithful, many of whom are expected to arrive from neighbouring Brazil. To achieve their objective these hard-working men and woman must contend with corrupt customs agents, greedy merchants, and their own weaknesses and naive dreams. Their strengths are dignity, true friends, family and ambition. When reminded that there has never been a rich black man in Melo, a toothless black smuggler confidently retorts, "Yo voy a ser pobre, pero con plata" (roughly translated, "I will always be poor, but I intend to be comfortably poor"). The actors are charming, the photography is stunning and the film's story and mood are authentic. A joyous and optimistic film.