Amin (Moustapha Mbengue) works as a hired hand for a building company based in a Paris suburb. He lives in a hostel that he shares with other African immigrants including a Moroccan co-worker who, unlike Amin, cannot adjust to his circumstances. That's not to say Amin doesn't miss home in Senegal and his wife and three children, to whom he sends money and whatever gifts he can afford. Then he encounters Gabrielle (Emmanuelle Devos), a middle-aged French divorcee whose house Amin has been hired to renovate. As time passes, an intimacy develops between the two and they gradually open up to each other about their lives. Faucon's film revels in the details of Amin's life and is aided in no small part by Mbengue and Devos' moving performances.