Matthew (Michael Pitt) gets drawn into the semi-incestuous relationship between Theo and Isabelle Louis Garrel, Eva Green). Despite his occasional attempts at breaking the
siblings' unhealthy dependence on each other, he finds himself
powerless to change their relationship. Not willing to give up
his intimacy with them, he prefers to join in a self-enclosed
love-triangle, the three of them effectively closing themselves to
the outside world. When Theo and Isabelle's parents return from
vacation and discover the appartment in a state of chaos and the
three asleep naked together in the living room, they decide
not to deal with it directly, instead leaving money and sneaking
away. Isabelle wakes up and discovers the check, realizes that her
parents now know everything, and tries to fill the appartment with
cooking gas so that they would all die together rather than face
the consequences. However, before they can asphyxiate, the street riots of
1968 start in earnest and someone throws a stone through their
window. They all wake up and run out to join the rioters. Theo takes
a molotov cocktail to throw at the police. Matthew tries to get him
to choose pacifism over violence, but Theo rejects him, and Isabelle
goes with Theo. Matthrew then realizes that his rational idealism
never had a chance against Theo and Isabelle's emotional,
self-destructive hedonism, and he turns around in sadness, while
Theo and Isabelle vanish into the chaos behind him.
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