The struggle between the highest and lowest classes of the population has been raging for centuries, suggests the prologue, set in ancient times, to The War of Bumpkins. A father and son work the land for their master, but are punished for 'stealing' water from a well. In the year 1975, the noblemen and peasants have made way for two groups of boys who are still in conflict because of their backgrounds. Why they are constantly fighting no one knows, but the status quo of their inequality remains intact.
While the young bumpkins try to unleash a revolution, the leader of the rich folks develops feelings for the only pretty girl among the poor. In this tragicomic microcosm in the vein of Moonrise Kingdom, the struggle between the two camps could symbolise every social struggle in history. Requited love, the directors suggest, is the only way to stop endless conflict.