Sandra, a single mum, speaks fluent English and German and works as an interpreter at international media conferences. She pays regular visits to her ailing elderly father, a former philosophy professor who has Benson’s syndrome, a cruel neurodegenerative disorder which causes loss of vision and mental faculties in ways that resemble dementia. While she and her mother fight tooth and nail to get him the care he requires, Sandra reconnects with Clément, a friend she hasn’t seen in a while. Although he is in a relationship, the two begin a passionate affair.
"I wrote this script partly inspired by my father's illness while he was still alive. I was trying to make sense of what I was going through. And I wanted to explore how two opposing feelings, a sense of grief and rebirth, can dialogue, experiencing them simultaneously. Even if unstable, what Sandra and Clément have together is above all a joy. With her father, it’s only suffering. The two stories coexist. I was interested in finding a cinematographic form to show this coexistence." - Mia Hansen-Løve