The author Violette Leduc was born a bastard at the beginning of the last century. Poor and unloved, she meets Simone de Beauvoir in a postwar Paris where Violette lives with the openly gay Maurice Sachs. A lifelong friendship grows between the two writers, a friendship based on Violette's quest to reach freedom through her writing and on Simone de Beauvoir's conviction that she holds the fate of an outstanding writer in her hands. Annika Gustafsson writes in Sydsvenskan that the director Provost "manages to show the confinement and prison-like existence that so far surrounded Violette. And not just her, but women in general, because her legal rights in society were still severely limited.