A highly regarded tragi-comic observation that conveys the assorted ups and downs of a love affair with compassion and humour. Following his mother's death, Peter Thompson returns to the gloomy surburban house where he's lived with his Mum for decades and suddenly confronts his loneliness. A few weeks off fifty, he wears an atrocious tuopee and his closest emotional attachment is to a dachshund. Painfully aware of the futility of his existence, and of his own absurdity, he decides to embark upon an adventure - a lonely heart's club. To his surprise he is matched with Patricia, a comparatively young and attractive girl. For Patricia, a victim of a smothering family, their first meeting requires unprecedented courage. Painfully shy and sexually inhibited, she embarks on a timid, tentative relationship with Peter.