Paul Dédalus is 29. He's an assistant professor at a Paris university. Paul became a teacher only reluctantly. He yearns to quit this "temporary" job, but can't bring himself to. Consequently, he hasn't finished his doctorate which would make him a full professor. In this way, with his modest earnings, he lives a half-life, waiting to begin what he might call "his life as a man".
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"We have the impression that our life follow a certain path and that it is made up of a number of episodes that "happen to us" in such a way that we know it is our own particular life in question and not someone else's, enabling us to give a more or less coherent description of it. However, for Paul, that is not at all obvious. He has been giving classes at the University for years now but he still isn't convinced that this is the right job for him. As a storyteller, he can invent lives for others but finds himself unable to describe his own life and neatly order the few events that he thinks have happened to him into a coherent story. Thus, Paul Dedalus has to learn about self-evidence and this process will be violently imposed on him by others - Sylvia, who shows him people can change, Valérie, who tries to annihilate him just as she annihilate Jean-Jacques, and finally Frédéric Rabier, his enemy, who offends him."
(Emmanuel Bourdieu - co-screenwriter)