Physically spare but deeply sentimental, this period romance doesn't waste much time beating around the bush. Elisabeth (Sophie Marceau) is a Swiss governess whose father is financial straits. An unidentified gentleman agrees to pay off his debts, if
she'll meet him at a lonely seaside inn, have sex with him over the course of three nights, and then give up the child she bears. The two begin their dutiful intercourse and discover that they like it, but bear duty in mind and part as the strangers they are. At the appointed hour Elisabeth
delivers over her infant girl, but years pass and she bitterly regrets not knowing her daughter, marking the passage of time with ...