Barbara, in her fifties, is summoned to take care of her senile mother. She refuses, having little affection for this mother who has never loved her; she wants to be able to live her life as an extravagant and free academic. However, the news affects her more than she is willing to admit, changing her relationship to her lovers, her students, and even to reading, her greatest pleasure. At the same time, Charles, an eccentric and disillusioned doctor at the nursing home where Barbara’s mother is staying, refuses to give up on her apparent coldness: he persists in sending her offbeat messages, until he establishes a connection.
Barbara will discover the secret of this distant mother, and Charles will end up admitting to himself the suffering that hides behind his eccentricity. Like Lise, a human and devoted caregiver, they will learn that caring for oneself involves caring for others, and vice versa.
Will Barbara forgive her mother for making her the strong and lonely woman she is today? Will Charles find the strength to face his small cowardice? Will Lise, who devotes herself to others, dare to face the emptiness of her own life?