Damien is a professor of Chinese civilization, living with wife, Iva - who is a theater director - and their son Noé. Damien and Iva's marriage has grown a bit lackluster, which is all the more reason Damien would like to help when his wife asks that he go to his father, a state department official, to ask for help preventing one of her actors from being deported. The one obstacle: Damien's distant and difficult relationship with his father.