Rémy and Mélanie are both living somewhat isolated lives in Paris. Both have psychological problems and end up seeing psychologists in the same practice. Throughout the film they don't meet even though they live in adjacent buildings and occasionally pass each other in the street. Their balconies are also adjacent but tantalisingly not visible from each other.
Rémy has been redeployed while most of his workmates were made redundant because robots were taking over in the warehouse. We later learn why this is causing him psychological grief. Mélanie works in a laboratory and is due to make an important presentation in order to guarantee her place there.
Both are shown having less than successful dates and both show a reluctance to return to their family homes, again for reasons that become clear later.
It's a longish film (110 minutes) that moves at a very slow pace but it holds one's attention as one waits and waits for the two of them to get together. We just know that they are right for each other.
The trips to the local épicerie provides some humour in the form of the proprietor Mansour, who will always convince customers that the most expensive product is the best. Again our pair cross paths here.
A super cute white kitten comes into Rémy's life, which he comes to adore despite not wanting it when it was first offered. This kitten is soon to become another link between the pair, again without either of them knowing about it.
Psychologically things eventually work out for each of them and it's the épicier, Mansour, who is to provide long-awaited spark that will ignite what we've all been waiting for.
The two leads, Fançois Civil and Ana Girardot appeared together in another gentle French film, Ce qui nous lie, which was also by the same director, Cédric Klapisch.