1562, la France est sous le règne de Charles IX, les guerres de religion font rage… Depuis son plus jeune âge, Marie de Mézières aime Henri, Duc de Guise. Elle est contrainte par son père d’épouser le Prince de Montpensier. Son mari, appelé par Charles IX à rejoindre les princes dans leur guerre contre les protestants, la laisse en compagnie de son précepteur, le Comte de Chabannes, loin du monde, au château de Champigny. Elle tente en vain d’y oublier sa passion pour Guise, mais devient malgré elle l’enjeu de passions rivales et violentes auxquelles vient aussi se mêler le Duc d’Anjou, futur Henri III.
Redheaded teen Remy (Olivier Barthelemy) is bullied by his soccer teammates and drawn into fights with his younger sister and mother in their cramped apartment. After a flare-up of domestic violence, he flees home and is tracked down by a bitter guidance counsellor, Patrick (Vincent Cassel), also a redhead. Patrick looks upon Remy’s sullen insolence with both sympathy and disdain and decides to toughen him up. The two redheads realize that they are out of place in twenty-first century France. They have no country, no people and no army. Together they plot to take on the world in a hallucinatory quest for a land of imagined freedom.
After a disastrous summer trip, Jack finds himself hitchhiking through the sun-drenched rural French countryside with nothing but his British passport. Unaware of dangers that are plaguing the roads, he tries without much success to get home. Along the way, he partners up with another hitchhiker, a beautiful French girl, Véronique. But when they accept a ride from a local oddball (Frédéric Pierrot), the pair finds themselves thrown in a deadly game of cat and mouse in which nothing is what it seems. Bursting with nonstop twists and turns and an undercurrent of Hitchcockian malice, this riveting psychological thriller is a hell of a ride.
Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol, Ike Zimmerman, offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]