Ismael’s Ghosts. Twenty-one years ago, Carlotta (Cotillard) ran away. She ran away from her life and her husband, believed to be dead. Now, twenty-one years later, she is back from the void. Her husband Ismael (Amalric) has been busy rebuilding a life for himself with Sylvia (Gainsbourg) and working on his next feature film. As Ismael’s trials and tribulations unfurl, so too do those of his new film’s protagonist: the idle, funny and reckless diplomat Ivan Dédalus (Louis Garrel).