Peace Haven is the story of three septuagenarian friends who embark on a journey to build their very own mortuary. They begin their voyage after witnessing the cremation of another friend in his son’s absence. The dearth of proper mortuaries in their hometown means that his body cannot be preserved long enough for his son to travel back from the US and perform the funeral ceremony. In Hinduism, it is vital that the son or daughter conducts the last rites for their parents.
The three friends then realize and worry that the absence of mortuaries may compromise their own death rites since their children also live abroad. As they contemplate their deaths, they discover that one morgue, called “Peace Haven”, preserves dead bodies for three days but that facility is typically reserved for VIPs, and their relatives, only. The friends undertake the task, both actual and allegorical, of preparing for their own deaths: they intend to build a “Peace Haven” for themselves.
As the friends begin work on building their own “Peace Haven”, they also proceed on a spiritual search for the value of their lives. While the ostensible purpose of this journey is to find a suitable location for their “Peace Haven,” it is also a metaphor for their lives and legacies. Past and present commingle in a morphed reality in which we see the friends interacting with long-dead people from their lives as well as engaging in detailed preparations for their “Peace Haven.” The film is the story of this unique journey in which the past, the present, and the future coalesce to provide a holistic experience of life, ironically through death.