Paule is pushing 50, as she repeatedly observes in her voice-over commentary. When she – a philosophy lecturer with a 10-year marriage and a 15-year-old daughter – learns that her husband is having an affair with a 28-year-old, this number takes on a special weight. The Internet site “L’âme-sœur” is supposed to help Paule get through her burgeoning midlife crisis...
At 18, Claire is torn between swim practice and the pangs of first love. The elderly and eccentric Maurice Reverdy takes her in in his big house, but the girl carefully avoids this faraway figure, who is none other than her grandfather. Proud, rebellious, solitary, they represent two generations that are simultaneously attracted to and repelled by one another. Their lives will intertwine, as one seeks out her future and the other is tormented by his past.
Para prender a ativista Maria Von Gall, que com muita coragem se esforça para ajudar judeus a escaparem das garras do Nazismo na França, a SS seqüestra seu filho Thomas, um brilhante garoto de 11 anos de idade, mestre em xadrez. Depois de ver a mãe ser assassinada pelos alemães, o menino é resgatado pelo pai americano, que ele nunca havia conhecido, e ambos fogem para a Espanha. Mas Maria havia contado a Thomas um precioso segredo, que agora pode mais do que nunca colar a vida de pai e filho em risco.
Após um trágico acidente em que morrem o marido e a filha de uma famosa modelo (Juliette Binoche), ela decide por renunciar à sua própria vida. Após uma tentativa fracassada de suicício, ela volta a se interessar pela vida ao se envolver com uma obra inacabada de seu marido, que era um músico de fama internacional.
Prague, 1920. Milena's father wants her to follow in his footsteps and be one of the first female doctors in Czechoslovakia, but she is determined to be a writer. She elopes to Vienna with the Jewish music critic Ernst Pollak, and starts a correspondence with Franz Kafka. She leaves Pollak and returns to Prague with her father, where she befriends and translates Kafka. As a journalist, Milena covers the 1923 Ruhr worker's strike and meets the communist architect Jaromir.
Veronika vive na Polônia e Veronique vive na França. Essas duas mulheres aparentemente não tinham nenhuma relação, até que a vida de uma impacta a da outra.
Fleeing fame, the writer Anatole Hirsch decides to publish his new book under the name of his cousin, Martin Bassane. This book wins the Prix Goncourt. A film inspired by the story of Romain Gary.
In the 18th century, English aristocrats had, among their better known strange customs, one really strange one: they kept "ornamental hermits" for their gardens. These were actual people who were willing to live in squalid conditions and serve as something like museum exhibits for the amusement of the wealthy. This movie takes that notion and transfers it to 18th century France. In the story, an English hermit Rupert Everett) has somehow been brought to France in the period following the French Revolution, and prior to the Napoleonic Era, a period (1795-1799) known as "The Directory." He eventually comes down out of his tree into a chateau owned by an Italian nobleman (Ugo Tognazzi) and his wife. Before long, the hermit has washed and bathed and become quite presentable, even charming. However, his appearance in their midst is like a sentence of death for many of those who associate with him.
Somewhere in France during the Middle Ages. Béatrice is impatient to see her father return from English captivity. She doesn't expect however that the father whom she loves from distance will be the most hateful person who will submit her and her family to abuse and humiliation.