Arina returns to her small town from Athens during the economic downturn. She gets a job as an elementary school teacher in the school where her friend works. She takes up with a younger man, who treats her badly. Meanwhile her friend is constantly being beaten up by her own boyfriend. It all ends in Marina's attempted rape and the shooting of the attempted rapist by an old ex-boyfriend.
<strong>Yorgos Servetas</strong>’s second feature Standing Aside, Watching showcases rural Greece and has no intention of preaching, letting the viewer observe what this broken community that is fueled with sexist in the little corners of this small town that is about to burst.