But Elle is a complex character with a handicapped father and a very withdrawn mother, with whom she has quite a strange relationship. Meanwhile Pin-Pon's mother is far from happy with their relationship.
As the story unfolds we learn that Elle's mother, who is German, had in the past suffered a violent rape by three Italian men, something Elle wants desperately to avenge. It was the fact that Pin-Pon's deceased father was Italian that caused her to start a relationship with him. An old piano in his garage linked to the story of the rape, the three men involved having had a piano in the van they were using. While at the same time she blames her father for not exacting revenge.
We see flashbacks that gradually reveal Elle's childhood and the rape incident. But as she digs deeper into her mother's story it leads her to discover something that she was not expecting, to the extent that it destabilises her mentally. Having married Pin-Pon, she walked away from the wedding celebrations, leaving him perplexed. He eventually finds her in hospital receiving psychological care. Blaming her condition on the men who abused her mother he decides to take matters into his own hands, with tragic results.
We see an awful lot of Isabelle Adjani in this film, playing as she does a totally uninhibited woman who thinks nothing of parading around as nature intended.