Storyline:France during the forties: In a time when marriages are made more for hedging and not out of affection, the young Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) dreams of perfect love. But with her early-awakened sexuality she triggers a tangible scandal in her hometown. She is thought to be crazy until her parents marry her to the seasonal worker José (Alex Brendemühl), who is supposed to make her a decent woman. But in this sense of reason Gabrielle feels buried alive. When she is then sent to a sanatorium in the Alps for her fragile health, she meets the war-wounded André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), who rekindles the fire of passionate love in her. After years in a wrong marriage, she finally seems to have had some luck ... Film adaptation of the eponymous bestseller by Milena Agus.