Raoul is 20, he lives alone in a Paris attic room. He’s a student in Art History working on his master’s degree. However, he finds it hard to concentrate on the task in hand as, for several months now, he has been obsessed by a single idea : he wants to be kissed. Therefore, he spends hours in pavement cafés watching women walk by and wanders for days on end through the streets of Paris hoping for an unlikely encounter. So, why doesn’t he ever go up to the girls whom he often sees alone, reading on a bench or writing at a café table ? He generally waits until they leave or until other, less timid young men approach them to say the words that he doesn’t dare to say and make the gestures that he’ll never make. Perhaps he’d like to be noticed ; but the thing is, Raoul is neither handsome nor ugly. There’s nothing exceptional about him and he’s just a “young man who wants to be kissed”… This film is his story.
Paul Deladus is 29. He’s an assistant professor at a Paris university. Paul became a teacher only reluctantly. He yearns to quit this “temporary” job, but can’t bring himself to. Consequently, he hasn’t finished his doctorate which would make him a full professor. In this way, with his modest earnings, he lives a half-life, waiting to begin what he might call “his life as a man”.
In the winter of 1797-98, the troops of Napoleon and their revolutionary allies in the Pays de Vaud occupy the latter and begin preparations for a military offensive which will hasten the fall of Berne. On the far side of the snow-blocked passes of their protective mountains, those who reject the ideas of the Enlightenment begins to organise resistance. Caught between these warring ideas two young lovers, David and Julie, are swept away in the whirlwind stirred up by conflict between parents, passionate disharmony, betrayed friendships, the weight of civil and religious customs.
In a post-apocalyptic world, Théo, a rebellious youth fights a repressive regime by drawing and posting anti-government slogans, and finds dangerous love with a mysterious woman.
Victim of a terrible accident, overnight the young Camille Balaise finds himself in another world; that of rehabilitation. His life till now no longer counts, what is to become of him he does not know. Cut off from the outside world, he must adapt to the bizarre universe of corridors, basements and dark passage-ways that make up this strange, sprawling town-like hospital, overseen by the fiery Dr Helpos. Following a dangerous and derisory initiation rite, Camille becomes part of the community known as the “wrecks”, those who on the fringes of medical regulation dictate their own laws.