Despairing teacher Germain has lost some of his passion for his job and the written word. His lust for life is reinvigorated by a talented student called Claude and his detailed accounts of weekends spent with wealthy classmate Rapha. The lad's descriptions of spying on Rapha's unhappy mother, Esther, are especially tantalising. Germain's sexually frustrated wife becomes equally fixated when her husband reads aloud the lad's essays, and fantasy and reality blur.
- Francois Ozon