Nenette is an ageing woman with mental disabilities which has meant that she has lived with her mother all her life. Her father left a long time ago and so, following the inevitable death of her mother, she is forced to seek care elsewhere and approaches a home for people in need of general living assistance. However, as they refuse to allow her to bring her pets along with her, she decides to track down her father, but after getting lost on the way, she is picked up by a group of punks travelling from a party who take her to see her half-brother Paul instead. Paul is a pharmacist known by his family and colleagues as being particularly uncheerful and dismissive. Characteristically, he has no time for Nenette, but after she slips him a few ecstasy pills in his coffee from her punk friends, he agrees to let her stay. Unfortunately for Nenette though, the high doesn't last forever, and his ensuing comedown is likely to be worse for her.
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This picture, starring the radiant and naked-most-of-the-time Victoria Abril (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! and High Heels), is a schizophrenic tour of Loli's (Abril) life. Her philandering husband Laurent (Alain Chabat) walks all over her. The kids are a constant effort. And when Marijo (Josiane Balasko, who co-wrote and directed as well), a butchest-of-the-butch lesbian, shows up owing to car trouble, a sudden bond of friendship is formed. When Laurent's dalliances finally go too far, Loli finds comfort in the arms...and the bed...and even the bathtub of Marijo.
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