In Competition in Cannes with Les Sœurs Brontë (The Bronte Sisters) (1979) and at Un Certain Regard with La Matiouette (1983), André Téchiné really made his mark on the history of the Festival de Cannes with Rendez-vous. The film won Best Director Award in 1985 and heralded the beginning of a strong relationship between the Festival and the filmmaker.
For his 22nd feature film, André Téchiné was inspired by a true story. To avoid arrest after deserting the front, Paul is forced to disguise himself as a woman. With his wife's support, he beomes Suzanne. But in 1925, amnestied at last, he attempts to regain his true identity.
In solidarity over this mascarade, the couple sees their love metamorphose in line with the character changes they have fabricated. André Téchiné explores the nature of truth, falsehood and illusion, as they penetrate the very flesh of the protagonists.