Christophe Honoré follows-up DANS PARIS with this modernist musical about love and loss in Paris. Taking its cue from Jacques Demy's THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, the film is divided into three sections—"the departure," "the absence" and "the return." The film features 14 songs by composer Alex Beaupain.
Ismaël (Louis Garrel of THE DREAMERS and DANS PARIS) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier of SWIMMING POOL) are the ideal young Parisian couple. They both have good jobs, a great apartment and are considered part of each other's families. After several years together, they decide to add a spark to their relationship and take on a third lover, Alice (Clotilde Hesme of REGULAR LOVERS), Ismaël's co-worker. She makes an ideal partner at first but things soon become strained between them. And when a tragic event occurs, everyone copes in very different ways. Ismaël pulls away from everyone and finds himself spending time with Erwann (Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet of André Téchiné's STRAYED), a wide-eyed Breton college student. Their relationship both terrifies and surprises Ismaël, but shows him that love is still possible.
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