The book on which the film is based recounts the hardest years of the life of a young man who moved from the countryside to the capital, a period of a drug-fuelled fall that lasted many years. Having moved to Budapest, Győző worked as a waiter, a graphic designer and a game designer; he even ventured into the world of actors despite not having studied acting. He gets caught up in a wild, seemingly eternal heroin spiral, where everything around him falls apart: family, job, future; but he finally plucks up the courage to go to rehab. This is where he meets the renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Csernus. The film is essentially about the ego battle between the two dominant men in a psychiatric hospital. Both go their separate ways and learn something from the other that will change their own lives for the better. Győző and Csernus fight each other, but at some point they both have to come to the realisation that they can only progress together, and that there is something that only the other can help them with.
Gábor Herendi’s new film, Toxikoma, is based on Győző Szabó’s autobiographical novel of the same title, about the intitial feud and later friendship between the two protagonists, a drug-addicted „alpha male” (Áron Molnár playing Győző Szabó) and a psychiatrist playing God (Barna Kelemen Bányai playing Imre Csernus).