LUME is an Albanian woman who lives with her husband, ILIR, and her mother-in-law, REMZIJE, in a small isolated mountain village in Kosovo. She has lost her only child a decade earlier in the war and is now constantly haunted by night terrors. When she mysteriously suffers from a second miscarriage, her anxious mother-in-law grows convinced that Lume has been hexed with black magic, and against Ilir’s protests, sets about seeking a witch doctor to cure her cursed womb. But their visit to a local Gypsy healer at the edge of the village fuels rumors in the village of her curse and suspicions about the strange Gypsy.
As Lume’s vivid nightmares get worse, blurring the lines between reality and dream, her family grows concerned that she may be a “lost cause,” and her mother-in-law pressures Ilir to take a second wife. In a last ditch attempt, the family goes deep into debt to send Lume to Kosovo’s most famous and expensive healer, who determines
that Lume has been cursed by a witch and is now possessed by evil genies. He performs an elaborate exorcism
and cautions the family to confine Lume for her own safety and protect her from the suspicious Gypsy. Soon Lume is again pregnant and the family tightens her security to the point of house imprisonment. When her mother-in-law catches her wandering to the Gypsy’s home in the middle of the night, the family vows to deal with the pesky witch. Enlisting help from rough neck cousins, they attack the Gypsy woman’s family, maiming her
mentally retarded son. Lume is locked in her room to protect the fetus from evil. Three months pass and Lume’s pregnancy is healthy. The family celebrates the passing of the crucial first trimester with a party and Lume appears festive. Convinced she’s been cured, Ilir leaves her room unlocked. Later that night, entranced in another nightmarish dream, Lume sneaks out of the house once again, inciting a village wide search party for her. What happens next is a series of events that reveal the dark secret Lume has been hiding and her unusual connection with the Gypsy woman.