A middle-aged anthropologist (Amalric) prepares to leave his home in Tajikistan and is prompted to reflect on his life. From his childhood in Roubaix, his mother’s attacks of madness and his father’s alienating depression, to his trip to the USSR, where a clandestine mission led him to offer up his own identity to a young Russian, then his University life and returning to his hometown. And most of all, he remembers Esther (Roy-Lecollinet), the beautiful, rude, haughty love of his life.

“Rich, fluent exploration of student love” The Guardian

“Nothing gets lost in translation as this coming-of-age tale brims over with humor, heartbreak and ravishing romance” Rolling Stone