London – 1987. An American novelist living for a time in London converses with his wife, his mistress, and other female characters he may have dreamed up.
Adapted from Philip Roth’s 1980 novel of the same name, Arnaud Desplechin’s latest foray stars Denis Podalydès as a famous American writer living in exile in London.
His life is captured through his snatched conversations with the women in his past and present - his English mistress (Léa Seydoux), who visits him regularly in the studio that serves as their refuge; A student he loved in another life (Emmanuelle Devos); A former lover confined to a hospital in New York (Anouk Grinberg). Desplechin delivers a powerful, haunting story of sex and loyalty, love and deceit.