A passionate and ambitious young provincial poet (Benjamin Voisin) arrives in the bustling Paris of 1891. However, he is soon reluctantly abandoned by his wealthy patron/lover due to his embarrassing display of naivety in Bourbon Restoration society.
Initially living on scraps, he eventually not only finds his feet, but thrives. Unfortunately though, in doing so the poet loses his soul as he joins the ruthless world of arts criticism for a liberal newspaper. Here, critics are simply brokers; good reviews – and bad – are all up for sale, as well as the reactions of theatre audiences. As his power grows, he seeks to reclaim his family title, but his cutting wit has made him many enemies.
Xavier Giannoli directs a superb ensemble cast in this absorbing film.