The film is a biographical black and white documentary about Michel Recanati, a militant leader during the May 1968 riots in Paris.
It tells the story of two friends through the left-wing groups in Paris between 1966 and 1978 when Michel goes missing and it is later discovered that he committed suicide. It is a personal tale as well as an in-depth look at the political scene in France during those years. It also documents the history of the CAL [Highschool Student Action Committee] and the LCR Revolutionary Communist League .
Much of the original footage filmed over 10 years before the 1982 movie documentary was also filmed by Goupil. His father Pierre worked in the cinema and Romain armed with a super 8 camera took some footage of the student riots and meetings from that time in Paris.