Bellerose leads a seminomadic existence, traveling widely to manage the
language academies he has established in different countries. After separating from his wife, he moves from Madrid back to his native Canada to set up
a new school, and for the first time forges a meaningful relationship with his older brother Nate, who is going through a vicious divorce. Charlie concentrates on
making a fresh start in Toronto but longs for his twelve-year-old daughter, Ava,
with whom his relationship, maintained via periodic Skype conversations and occasional
overseas visit, seems to be increasingly strained. After a chance encounter
with a girlfriend from his university days, a woman now happily married and
with children of her own, he works through a series of memories—including a
particularly painful one they share—as he reflects on questions of family,
home, fatherhood, and love. But two tragic events (one long past, the other very
much in the present) threaten to destroy everything he’s ever believed in.
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confusing shape his life has taken and what his responsibilities—as a
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