Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by the director, actress Marie-France Pisier, this drama tells the story of a failing marriage between Charles Forestier (Didier Flamand), a stuffy colonial official stationed on New Caledonia (a French colony in the south Pacific), and his exciteable and athletic young wife (Kristin Scott-Thomas), as seen by their eleven-year old daughter Théa (Vanessa Wagner). Every morning, Mrs. Forestier goes off riding by the seashore, but when she comes back from her ride one day with a torn outfit, rumors begin to fly. Everyone says she has been seeing a young doctor. Tensions within the family build to a climax during their attendance at a ball the colony's governor is giving for a visiting dignitary.
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