Pierre (Hardy Krüger) is a former military pilot psychologically devastated by a wartime experience. Isolated, Pierre begins to perk up when he befriends a 12-year-old urchin (Patricia Gozzi) abandoned by her father. But problems arise when their relationship is misconstrued.
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The best performance by a child. Gozzi's charm is a mixture between a little girl who loves playing and sort of a mature woman. On her dreams, she wants to give it all for Krueger. He, in response, becomes childish, forgetting memories of war, being an adult. Everything happens smoothly, as if they we're in a universe of their own, and everyone: a young boy, the nuns, Courcel and some others, conspirate against it.