It's the French SLACKER -- graduate students yammering endlessly about Kierkegaard and Heidegger instead of dope and Madonna's pap smear. Twenty-nine-year-old philosophy instructor Paul Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric) can't finish his dissertation,
really wants to be a writer and is rapidly becoming one of those guys who hangs around institutions of higher learning without actually getting on the ladder to academic upward mobility. In his own words, he's a loser. His 10-year relationship with aspiring translator Esther (Emmanuelle Devos) is so dysfunctional that they spend most of their time together figuring out how to end it, and in the spirit of whimsical duplicity, th...