Episodic in structure, the film is a series of anarchic and frequently surreal series of events through which the director ravages a complacent European culture and the various sexual hang-ups and historical and cultural disconnects of its inhabitants. A man sells postcards of French tourist attractions, calling them "pornographic". A sniper in Montparnasse is hailed as a hero for killing passers-by. A missing child helps the police fill out the report on her. A group of monks play poker, using religious medallions as chips, and in the most infamous sequence, a formally dressed social group gathers at toilets around a table, occasionally excusing themselves to go into little stalls in a private room to eat. Best approached as a literal comedy of manners - the film is perversely funny and punctuated with a series of quite brilliant sight gags - 'The Phantom of Liberty' argues against the acceptance of strict moral codes, suggesting that the only way to live freely is to embrace the coincidences of the world.