Two of French cinema's biggest stars illuminate the screen in this sexually charged story of an affair between a couple of young Parisians whose backgrounds are worlds apart. Gerard Depardieu plays Loulou, a layabout and petty criminal who meets middle-class Nelly (Isabelle Huppert) in a nightclub. Nelly is bored by her job in advertising and by the possessiveness and violent tempers of her boss and lover Andre (Guy Marchand). Much to the dismayed disbelief of Andre, Nelly decides to leave him and move in with Loulou. Featuring brilliant performances from its cast, Maurice Pialat's atmospheric portrait of low-life Paris won him international recognition and acclaim.