The film opens with the lead female character France’s suicide attempt. She was laid off from the factory she worked at for the last 20 years, and felt as though she could not provide for her three daughters. After a lot of family support and indecision, she finally decides to take a friend's offer to be trained as a cleaning lady in Paris. There would, however, be rules: Never speak more than necessary. Don't bother your employer with your personal problems. And, most importantly, be invisible. Of course, France is not the timid type. She is a very opinionated and forthright woman. So it's only a matter of days before she becomes chummier with him than he's ever been with any of his servants, and only a couple of weeks before he respects and trust her more than he's had any woman he's ever slept with. But little does she know that the man for which she's cleaning is the very same man who orchestrated the take-down of her factory’s company.
Of course, Stephen, being as self-absorbed as he is, doesn't realize what's prompted her alleged "mental break," so he alerts Interpol and they arrest her. As they cart her away, her family and friends try to stop them from driving off. They link arms and press against the moving vehicle in a dangerous tug-of-war, keeping it in place. Stephen's preoccupation for someone other than himself, his desperation to find his son, his apology to Melody who consoles him, and his hesitation to press charges against France almost convinces you that perhaps she had an effect on him. Even as he looks on, he wonders out loud if he should ask them to set her free, wonders if he made a mistake. This, however, isn't his final redemptive moment. No, his last chance to prove that these men of industry can be reformed and that change is on the horizon comes when the factory workers crowd around his luxury sports car and ask him if he's the man France told them about, the man who destroyed their lives. And like the coward that he is, he denies it. He swears that it wasn't just him and that he alone is not to blame. He, like many other un-indicted wealthy men, refuses to be held accountable. And so he runs for his life towards the ocean. And in this very moment, as France begins to regret what she did, handcuffed in the backseat of the rocking van and staring at her daughters' tear-soaked faces, she realizes the revolution she's begun...and she begins to laugh victoriously. Roll credits.
The film seems to end with no resolution—no explanation as to whether Stephen ever stopped running or if he dropped the charges or if she got a better job elsewhere. Director Klapisch said, in the Q&A, that he didn't believe there could be an ending, because our recession has not yet ended. He cannot predict the future, therefore he could not give France and Stephen one. But I think, with this film, he did predict the future, albeit a hopeful one—one where the working class no longer accepts half-baked apologies and starts demanding compensation, whether it comes in the form of a check or a prison sentence.