When Carolina, the daughter of wealthy banker Georges de Saxe, is reported kidnapped, it is upsetting to him even though he knows it isn’t true. The kidnappers have taken the wrong person. The banker hires Frantz a disheveled, seedy detective to find his daughter and hide her safely away. She soon finds herself in a fantasy-land whorehouse, where all kinds of extreme perversions are routinely practiced.
The lives of the affluent residents of an exclusive town in the French countryside converge at a chateau owned by Marie-Agnes de Bayonette, a feisty, physically disabled woman, and maintained by her elderly cousin, Solange. When de Bayonette dies suddenly, cultures and personalities clash as an international cast of characters — including real estate vultures, bargain hunters and numerous distant cousins — descend upon the chateau.
Dr. Gilles Berliac has no time for his wife Marthe. She seeks solace in the arms of his brother, Claude Rolland. Overcome with guilt for the affair, Claude tries to leave Marthe, at which Marthe attempts suicide and, in a struggle with her lover, acidentally shoots him.
Each night in Paris, hundreds of men and women anonymously use telephone lines that date from the German Occupation and are no longer listed to talk to each other, to love each other. These people, shipwrecked lovers, are dying to love, to escape the abyss of solitude.
September 1918. The First World War comes to an end but nobody knows it yet. Among the grape harvesters working on the Castelviel estate in the south of France are several refugees from the North, who were driven from their homes by the war. They are Father Larcher and his two daughters, Martha and Mary. There is also Pierre Bertin, a soldier on convalescent leave. And two escaped German prisoners, Wilfried and Fritz, who pretend to be Belgian and threaten the tranquility of this already well-endowed family.
Directed by French author Georges Perec, Les Lieux d’une fugue is an autobiographical account of the writer’s experience of running away from his aunt’s house at age 11. As much a meditation on the streets of Paris as it is personal narrative, Les Lieux d’une fugue examines how Perec’s verbal games play out alongside a movie camera.
Irrestisible charm and talent help Serge Alexandre alias Stavisky, small-time swindler, to make friends with even the most influential members of the French industrial and political elite during the early ’30s. But nothing lasts forever and when his great scam involving hundreds millions of francs gets exposed, the result is an unprecedented scandal that almost caused a civil war.
Quebec, the 1830s and 1840s. As she attends the bedside of Jérôme, her second husband, Élisabeth recalls her youth, her marriage to her first husband, Antoine, life in remote Kamouraska where he is seigneur, their love dissolving in his mental illness and cruelties, her falling in love with an American physician, Georges Nelson, and the aftermath of Antoine’s violent death.