There is a big gap between what people think about themselves and tell other people, and what the others think and tell about them. Desplechin’s award-winning movie places itself right in the middle of this gap. He takes a set of characters through a long and twisted road, peeling at each turn another layer of them, to reveal what we may think is finally the truth until the next turn. There is Nora (Emmanuelle Devos), a fashionable, elegant lady, owner of a successful art gallery, twice divorced,about to get married for the third time, mother of Elias, an 11 years old boy. She is about to acquire an expensive present for her old, sick father (Maurice Garrel, in real life the father of Philippe and grandfather of Louis), who is a famous author and temperamental personality. Then there is a viola player, Ismael (a frequent name in Desplechin movies), played by Mathieu Amalric, one of Nora’s past lovers, and eccentric who seems to cope for himself quite well until his sister sends him to a mental home. There he meets the hospital administrator (Catherine Deneuve in a guest appearance) and falls in love with the young Arielle (Magali Woch). We may think that our early definition of each one is infallible, but rest assured you’ll change your mind several times before the film is over.