synopsis

Vera is a proprietor of a trendy French restaurant and Jazz club in Chicago. Late one evening, just before closing, Vera confronts a customer who refuses to pay the bill. He claims his name is Paul and that her husband, Tim, owes him a large sum of money. After Vera explains that Tim died a year ago in a car accident, Paul, seemingly crushed, drinks heavily and then abruptly leaves. After closing the restaurant Vera drives by a bus stop when she sees the police lifting drunken Paul from a bench. Feeling sorry and guilty at the same time, Vera rescues Paul from the police. After unsuccessfully trying to find him a motel, Vera is forced to take unconscious Paul to her own house where, in the garage, she leaves him sleeping in the car. The next morning, hung-over Paul and Vera find themselves in an awkward situation attempting to better know each other. Vera questions him about her late husband Timís past, but Paulís answers are vague and cryptic. Following an uneasy breakfast, Paul asks Vera to take him to the cemetery to visit his friendís grave. At the cemetery, their conflict sharpens and a game of cat and mouse ensues culminating in a physical fight, and then reconciliation. Back at her house, Vera discovers a certain attraction to Paul and invites him for dinner at her restaurant. At the restaurant Paul leads Vera back in time where she confronts the mystery of her husbandís death. But, for Vera, a suspicion lurks: is Paulís story true or is it just a great performance by a sinister con-artist?

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