The short, passionate life of Uruguyan poet Delmira Agustini is stylishly evoked in this film by Christine Laurent, longtime script collaborator of Jacques Rivette. Elegant, erotic and playful, the film contrasts its heroine’s turbulent, tormented psyche with free and graceful filmmaking to create something mysterious and wonderful as a poem. The beautiful Laure de Clermont-Tonnere (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec) is affecting and compelling as Delmira, tortured by her own genius.
The story follows Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor (Jeremy Irons) who, having saved a beautiful Portuguese woman from leaping to her death, stumbles upon a mesmerizing book by a Portuguese author, which compels him to suddenly abandon the boring life he has led for years and to embark on an enthralling adventure. In search of the author, Gregorius acts as detective, pulling together pieces of a puzzle that involves political and emotional intrigue and the highest possible stakes. His voyage is one that transcends time and space, delving into the realms of history, medicine and love, all in search of true meaning to his life.