In this film we follow two parallell stories showing the lives of two people, each accompanied by it's own type of music, highlighting their different tones and ways. The lives of these two people are revealed to stand in a special relationship to each other, which eventually brings them into the same scene, and not by chance. At the end they also appear together, yet apart. The explanation of this apartness is revealed, puzzling all the different bits of the film together, affectuating a sort of catharsis. The film is truly brilliantly constructed by an integration of form and content. It is the story of a man and a woman who's lives are separate yet belong together in some special way. Part of plot cirles around her desire to tie him to her son. The matter is considered forwards and back, while the lives of the two main characters each proceed in their own directions. The film is long, but it's one of those rare films you just want to go on. Perhaps partly because of the captivating beauty and intruiging personalities of the main characters, (I must admit I fell in love with Mathieu Amalric - or perhaps Ismael), but also the great music, the excellent repertoir of characters, and the way in which they are presented, never entirely revealed at first, but slowly unravelled with exciting surprises. The film has humour, depth and aesthetic appeal. To me it felt like it was everything which every film aims to be.