Paul is a fiercely intellectual, womanising Parisian whose future life - in both work and love - seems to be going nowhere. He is on the edge of some momentous decisions, knowing that if he finishes his doctorate, the university will make him a full professor. Until that time, he cannot see himself as a real man. On the personal side, he is close to splitting up with his girlfriend of over ten years, and remembers fondly an affair he had with his best friend's girlfriend. Life for Paul is delicately balanced.