Elderly actor Gilbert Valence (Michel Piccoli) steps offstage after a performance and is told that his wife, his daughter and his son-in-law have all been killed in a horrific auto accident. Time passes, and Gilbert, now the guardian of his orphaned grandson, struggles to hold on to the small meaningful routines of his life. After taking a role in a film directed by American John Crawford (John Malkovich), he considers how to manage the end of his career.
Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Writer: Manoel de Oliveira
Producer: Paulo Branco
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Antoine Chappey, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich, Leonor Baldaque and Leonor Silveira