Struggling to pay off mounting debts Nelly meets Mr Arnaud a retired judge 40 years her senior who offers to clear her bills. She reluctantly accepts his offer and decides to leave her lazy unemployed husband for good. Nelly then takes a job with Arnaud typing up his memoirs and gradually their friendship grows into a barely acknowledged intimacy. Mr Arnaud is captivated by Nelly's beauty and becomes jealous when she begins dating his young good-looking publisher (Anglade). Nelly must choose between financial security and true happiness... Full of charismatic, heart-wrenching performances from Emmanuelle Beart, Michel Serrault and Jean-Hugues Anglade, this is an elegant and unusual love story.