This surreal French film boasts a screenplay co-written by Jorge Luis Borges who is known for founding the Latin American school of literature known as "magical realism. In the movie, Spinoza attempts to discover why his son committed suicide. He discovers a screenplay his son left behind, and also meets his son's girlfriend and his son's rival for her affections. As the girl and he get to know one another, they become lovers. When she is found murdered, Spinoza is accused of having done the deed. Here, as a unique device to illustrate how different people have contradictory impressions of a person who has been important in their lives, the apparent differing personas of the father are played by entirely different actors.
by Clarke Fountain synopsis