In the principality of Monte-Marino, Aline, heiress to a throne, is depressed and bored to tears. The prime minister wants to make her smile again at all costs so that he can charm her, marry her and become king one day... He comes up with the idea of inviting a group of comedians to Monte-Marino. Claude Sautet always denied all connections with this film, considering his first movie to be Classe tous risques.
French skipper Jacques Cournot is enjoying some downtime on dry land in the Caribbean. One day, a man going by the name of Hendrix approaches him to ask for his expert opinion of a yacht, the Dragoon. The next day Cournot discovers that Hendrix has disappeared and the boat has been stolen.
Pierre, an architect, has a car accident. Thrown from the vehicle and lying semi-conscious on the side of the road, he remembers his past, his life with Hélène –a young woman he had planned to leave–, his ex-wife Catherine and his son.
Max, a police inspector determined to arrest a gang of amateur crooks, sets a trap to catch them redhanded.
Carryings-on, friendships and a love triangle between Rosalie, her new beau César, and David, her former lover.
Childhood friends Vincent, François, Paul and Armand, all in their fifties, meet in the countryside every Sunday with their families amidst lunches, walks and heated discussions.
Property developer Simon Léotard is ruined by Lepidon, a corrupt rival who demands that he repay the debts owed by his partner, who recently committed suicide. Thanks to Mado, a young prostitute he has fallen in love with, Simon takes revenge on Lepidon.
Marie is a 40-year-old divorcee and mother of a teenage son. Realising that she is pregnant by her new partner, she decides to leave him and have an abortion. When one of her friend's husbands loses his job, Marie asks her ex-husband to help him out.
After five years in an American jail for drug trafficking and consumption, Bruno returns to his father's house in France. The situation instantly becomes unsustainable when his father blames him and his imprisonment for his mother's death.
Alex, in his sixties, is the head waiter at a big Parisian brasserie. As he constantly comes and goes between the restaurant and the kitchens, between his friends and clients, Alex harbours his dreams, until the day he bumps into Claire, an old flame from seventeen years ago.
The son of a wealthy family, Martial is ill at ease with himself. The CEO of a supermarket chain, he jumps at a professional opportunity to take things a little slower. He moves to Limoges, where he causes all sorts of trouble in the life of the local bourgeoisie and in the heart of Francine, a young girl he invites to spend a few days with him...
Maxime and Stéphane are friends and work together in the pleasant atmosphere of a string instrument workshop. Maxime falls for a violin-player, Camille. The young woman is intrigued and exasperated by the personality of Stéphane, who seems to deny himself any kind of feelings. The three strike up a complicated relationship.
The meeting between Nelly, a young woman with no money in the process of getting a divorce, and Pierre Arnaud, an older man, wealthy and retired. He is writing his memoires and suggests that Nelly type them up.