Paul (Mathieu Amalric) is 29 and not satisfied with either his personal or professional life. He is so unhappy with his job as an assistant professor that he has not taken the exams to become a full-time professor. For years, he has been wanting to break off his relationship with his girlfriend Esther (Emmanuelle Devos); Paul is instead attracted to the girlfriend of his best friend. Director Arnaud Desplechin has assembled a good cast of young French talent. Amalric is engaging as Paul, and Devos impressively shows Esther's anguish at being dumped. The film makes frequent use of voiceovers by Amalric describing the intricacies of his personal entanglements. The script is frequently quite amusing, as Paul and his intellectual friends constantly analyze their tangled relationships and philosophize about what they foresee for the future. But the intimate story does not justify the epic three-hour length, and editing would definitely improve the film. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Devos and Jeanne Balibar. Directed by Arnaud Desplechin. Written by Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu. Produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlet. No distributor set. Comedy. French-language; subtitled. Running time: 178 min. Screened in the Competition category at Cannes.