Guillaume Canet and Guillaume Gallienne star in this French drama written and directed by Danièle Thompson. The story focuses on the friendship between 19th century post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne (Gallienne) and novelist Émile Zola (Canet). Coming from a poor family, Zola soon gains notoriety as a successful writer, while Cezanne, who comes from a wealthy background, struggles to gain acceptance for his work as an artist. Despite their differences, the pair form a strong bond and both move to Paris to continue their careers. However, when a character in Zola's latest book seems to be based on Cezanne's struggles as a painter, the pair clash and their relationship soon becomes strained. The cast also includes Alice Pol, Déborah François and Sabine Azéma.