Barney Panofsky is living with his best friend Boogie (Speedman) in Rome. After she tells him she is pregnant with his child, he marries the mentally disturbed and unfaithful Clara Charnofsky (Lefevre). Barney later finds out the child is not his, and he demands they separate. Clara commits suicide, and a devastated Barney decides to return home to Montreal.
Barney soon gets a job back home and meets what becomes his nameless second wife (Driver), the daughter of a wealthy Jewish family. At their lavish wedding, Barney meets Miriam Grant (Pike), and immediately falls in love. He tells Miriam his feelings for her that night but she rejects him. Despite his marriage, Barney sends Miriam flowers and gifts. Barney later picks up Boogie, who...