The tale of two brothers who are polar opposites, and their relationship with their ailing novelist father. Paul is a thirty-something writer who is suffering from a bad case of writer's block, while Patrick is a hard-charging business executive who runs a pharmaceutical company. Patrick luxuriates in a sleek, modern home with his wife and children, while Paul lives with his girlfriend in the decrepit family home. When their father, Francois, a renowned writer, suddenly shows up, Paul is forced to take him in. Francois has seen better days: he is a physically and financially broken man, but he takes no prisoners and it is not long before he casts his spell over all who come his way. When Patrick is ousted by his wife and finds himself on his brother's doorstep, the three men are reunited and forced to come to terms with each other.