Zany, funny, witty and charming, Les écailles de l’amer Léthé is an ode to literature. Eric Metzger shares his love of words and asks, behind the apparent facetiousness, deep questions about love, willpower and the meaning of life.
This is the story of a guy who reads to his goldfish.
A lonely man, who shuns the company of people but still likes to slip in among the guests at weddings and funerals taking place in the church down the street from his house. When confronted by his psychologist, who is eager to hear stories about his parents, he does not hesitate to invent traumas from his childhood. He has trouble with decisions and responsibilities, so he finds himself quite embarrassed when the saleswoman in a pet shop asks him if he wants to leave with this Siamese fighting fish he’s been watching for so long.
Named Cookie in a moment of panic, the fish will upset the narrator’s habits. In a desperate attempt to create a bond with the animal, he begins to read him a poem by Baudelaire. Suddenly, the fish freezes, attentive. A series of tests followed. Cookie doesn’t appreciate travel guides or instruction manuals. Only literature captivates him.