“The Vertical Line” follows the story of Luigi, a man diagnosed with cancer and requiring major surgery. Through Luigi we discover what life is like inside a hospital, a world where we all have a vague understanding of the rules but whose deeper side reveals extraordinary and bittersweet surprises. It is a microcosm detached from the ordinary world, one with its own rules and hierarchies where everyone is engaged in their own personal battle: doctors and nurses fight to look after their patients, while the patients themselves fight to recover and continue to live their lives in full.