The film premiered on 18 March during the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, in the Directors' Fortnight section. It is possibly the most sexually graphic film ever made by an Arab director. The film was inspired by the life of the French photographer Antoine D'Agata.
A lost man
The story is about a French photographer Thomas Koré (Melvil Poupaud), who is searching for extraordinary experiences. Koré has become so detached from humanity that the only way he can connect with other people is to have—and photograph—bizarre and demeaning sexual encounters with prostitutes. When he meets on his path Fouad Saleh (Alexander Siddig), a man with memory problems, he realized that Fouad is even more lost than he, and befriends him. The French man then tries to discover Fouad's history.