Determined to live on her own terms, a feisty, active nonagenarian designs some mischief when nouveau-riche neighbors, aided by her cold-hearted son, conspire to gain her property. Aniela (Danuta Szaflarska
) lives alone in a rambling wooden mansion full of the delicate ornamentation that speaks to a pre-war halcyon past, never to be recovered. The house has seen better days, and its overgrown garden and rusting irongate offend the eyes of her neighbor, the owner of a modern concrete bungalow. He wants to buy Aniela’s house so he can tear it down. Aniela has a married son who occasionally drops by, but she suspects that he is part of the plot to take away her house. Between these visits, Aniela occupies herself by carrying on affectionate chats with her beloved dog, Fila, her companion, protector and friend. And, when she grows bored, she spies on the neighbors to discover what they might be up to.