James is a British writer visiting Tuscany to promote his new book, which examines originality in art. James feels that, in the right circumstances, a copy can be valued as much as the real thing. A woman (Binoche) goes to James’ talk with her impetuous teenage son (Adrian Moore), and passes the local host of the lecture a note inviting James to stop by her store before he leaves. She sells antiquities, some real, some fake. They talk about his book, about her thoughts about his book, about the differences between what is real and what is fake. She offers to drive him to a village nearby to show him something she thinks he’d like to see, something that speaks to his book’s subject. En route, they talk some more—about art, about originality, about emotions, about fake emotions, about if it matters whether something is real or not.