Embattled with the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome, Vincent Gellner has just endured the loss of his mother. His father, an ambitious politician running for office, burdened with the task of caring for Vincent, sends him off to a rehabilitation clinic where he will learn how to manage his twitches, tics and ill-timed, but unpremeditated verbal outbursts.
An unenthusiastic Vincent is given an election ballot to sign and mail, thus securing his father another vote, a departing gift as he is taken to the clinic. Once indoctinated into the program, Vincent finds solace in Marie, a feisty anorexic whose partiality for spontaneous adventure happens to coincide with Vincent’s objective of getting to the Mediterranean Sea in Northern Italy to spread his mother’s ashes and fulfill her last wish: to see the water one last time. Also coerced along for the ride happens Vincent’s roommate, Alexander, an obsessive-compulsive whose only contentment comes in the form of expensive cars, dapper dress and Johann Sebastian Bach.