The film is set in a small town in Provence during a rainy August. Following the death of her widowed parent, Agathe Villanova (Agnès Jaoui), comes from Paris to deal with the sale of the home where she and her younger sister were brought up. She is the author of a feminist best-seller, and a divorced film-maker Michel (Jean-Pierre Bacri), wants to make a TV documentary about her. Michel is having an affair with Agathe’s sister. His collaborator is a young Algerian hotel clerk, (Jamel Debbouze), whose elderly mother has worked for most of her life as a servant with the Villanova family.
This is the story of human beings who know exactly what they’d do if they were somebody else, but can’t handle being themselves very well, who are very simply struggling to find out who they are.
Agnès Jaoui co-writes and directs this romantic comedy of manners set in France’s rustic Provence. Unpolished and ultra-pragmatic industrialist Jean-Jacques Castella (co-scripter Jean-Pierre Bacri) reluctantly attends Racine’s tragedy “Berenice” in order to see his niece play a bit part. He is taken with the play’s strangely familiar-looking leading lady Clara Devaux (Anne Alvaro). During the course of the show, Castella soon remembers that he once hired and then promptly fired the actress as an English language tutor. He immediately goes out and signs up for language lessons. Thinking that he is nothing but an ill-tempered philistine with bad taste, Clara rejects him until Castella charms her off her feet.