Adapted from an unfinished play written by German filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder when he was 19 and never produced during his lifetime, this romantic quadrille unfolds on a single set, the small apartment where Leo (Bernard Giraudeau), Franz
(Malik Zidi), Anna (Ludivine Sagnier) and Vera (Anna Thomson) engage in a cruel and unstated competition rooted in baroque sexual one-upmanship. The games begin as Leo, a middle-aged insurance salesman, returns to his apartment with the youthful Franz. Ostensibly straight and engaged to Anna,
Franz allows himself to be seduced by Leo and moves in with him. Several months later, Franz and Leo have settled into an uneasy dome...