French art drama about the death of love and the end of a relationship. A well to do French couple, Jean and Gabrielle, (Pascal Greggory and Isabelle Huppert) live a well-heeled good life in their Paris home, their every whim catered by servants. On the surface, they are the matrimonial ideal and yet beneath the veneer, they live a desperate, forced co-existence, loveless and chaste. An anniversary celebration is marred by Jean's discovery of a note from Gabrielle saying she has gone to be with a lover. His world in ruin, he awaits her return whereupon the couple go back over the highs and lows of their relationship.