Étienne Tinan (Andranic Manet), a young and serious cinephile, leaves behind Lyon and his girlfriend of six years to study at film school in Paris. There, he integrates into a bohemian student lifestyle. He is challenged and enthused by his new colleagues, Mathias (Corentin Fila) and Jean-Noël (Gonzague Van Bervesseles), with whom he shares artistic ideas and discusses the merits of Bach, Baudelaire and the Russian/Georgian film-maker Marlen Khutsiev (Christine Brücher). Cinematic references guide their conversations, and they are very aware that their tastes and approach to film-making dictate their status. However, it is against Mathias that Étienne compares himself the most, and their relationship becomes emotionally complicated when Annabelle (Sophie Verbeeck), a political activist, meets Ètienne. He must now find his own personality and discover if he in fact has any talent.