A 13-year-old girl, just beginning to realize her own sexuality, comes home one day and finds her mother having sex with a stranger. Horrified, she runs away from home and heads towards her aunt's house in the country, only to be sexually assaulted along the way by a brutish local man. When she arrives at her aunt's house, she discovers that her aunt and cousin are not quite what she thought they were.
The summer of 1939. Marie, at 13, goes with her parents to visit her grandmother in a small town near Avignon. Although rumors of war reach the countryside, it's an idyllic place. Marie's parents are constantly making love. Surrounded by sexual frankness, Marie fancies herself a woman and develops a crush on Alexander, the town's young Jewish doctor. She's despondent when he treats her as if she were a child. After Marie's father abruptly leaves for a few weeks to assist with a relative's harvest, Marie's mother and the doctor disappear into the woods for hours at a time. Marie tries to spy on them. When dad returns, what will the family and the doctor do?
Pierre Léon ingeniously condenses and updates Dostoevsky’s novel about a 19-year-old intellectual reconnecting with his estranged family in his impressive debut feature.