Combining sports, war, post-apocalyptic Sci-Fi, French intimist drama and, to a certain extent, comedy, The Open is a surreal tale about belief, hope and faith in the darkest and most desperate of circumstances...
Bombs have exploded, Paris has been razed to the ground. War is global.
Yet Stéphanie, n°4 WTA ranking, and André, her mute coach, will not give up. Roland Garros is their life, the reason why they live, their history.
Accordingly, the champion and her coach flee and hide far from the rest of the world, in the heart of the mountains where they build their own tennis court; an absurd flat earth rectangle with perfectly measured straight white lines and a grand, though patched, net.
Nothing will stop the two survivors; who must organize their Open, come what may, whatever the cost. And will re-create Roland Garros, even without strings in their rackets, even without the tennis balls, by the sheer strength of their faith, because they simply believe in it. The players mime their exchanges, perfecting their technique so much so that they can actually tell whether the balls are out or on the line. They spot the lets, the aces and line calls even if those balls do not exist. They believe in tennis. So much that they could even convince Ralph, a guerrilla from the plains –and a former tennis player– to join them; to lay down his weapons, take up his racket again... and try his luck in the final. Roland Garros!
A fictional Roland Garros - three misfits, playing air tennis in the middle of nowhere, strive to dream – even though life is turning into a meaningless farce, with the world coming to an end and bombs setting the horizon ablaze.