“Modern Life” is a dark comedy about the mutial, cynical abuse by a series of modern people. The young author, Michel, struggles with a writer’s block whilst writing a novel about assault. His publicist suggests that he seeks inspiration in the sex club Pier Paolo. Here he meets the middle-aged world famous architect, Sebastian, who invites Michel over for dinner in his house in Eastern France. Michel brings along his actress girlfriend, Ariane. However, she does not know where the two men met each other. In the architect’s house, they meet his wife, the depressed interior decorator Marie, and their 12-year-old daughter, Mathilde, who is a bit backward. As the evening progresses, it appears that neither of the couples are being completely honest about the visit.