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Meet the most wanted man in Paris. He once ruled the subculture from his record shop, but now Vernon Subutex is homeless and aimless. But unbeknownst to him, he’s being hunted down by a group of misfits. What’s the secret tying them all together?
Evicted from his apartment, Vernon reconnets with old friend Alex Bleach, an aging rock star attempting yet another comeback. When Bleach learns that his friend is out on the street, he invites Vernon over to his place.
After Alex’s death, Vernon ends up on the couch of his friend Xavier, a failed screenwriter. When Xavier leaves for Cannes, he brags at a party about having Alex Bleach’s last will and testament on video, which leads to serious consequences.
Kicked out of Xavier’s place, Vernon turns up unexpectedly at Emilie’s. Although torn between resentment and tenderness, she decides to let him stay. They reminisce about old times but soon, she feels hurt and abandoned.
The Hyena is still trying to locate Xavier. Her investigations lead her to Barcelona. Aïcha, daughter of ex-porn star Vodka Satana (an ex-girlfriend of Alex Bleach), tags along. Meanwhile, Vernon has a passionate reunion with another of Alex’s exes.
As she follows the Hyena around Barcelona, Aïcha meets old friends of the mother she never knew. Back in Paris, Vernon meets Lydia Bazooka, an indie journalist writing a biography of Alex Bleach. She falls for Vernon’s retro charm.
Hounded by Sylvie, Vernon is obliged to leave Lydia. He finds refuge with Gaëlle, who takes him to the home of Kiko, an eccentric trader, fond of cocaine and partying. Vernon becomes Kiko’s in-house DJ. One night, the party takes a whole new turn.
Vernon falls hopelessly in love with Marcia, a fascinating Brazilian woman and Kiko’s girl. Meanwhile, Anaïs tries to get closer to the Hyena; Pamela Kant arrives in Paris, anxious to protect the memory of Vodka Santana.
Just as he catches up with Vernon, Xavier is assaulted. Weakened by the chaos of the last few days and unable to face the idea of losing another friend, Vernon flees. Meanwhile, the Hyena finds the tapes and discovers Alex Bleach’s final message.
Vernon, out on the streets, has cut ties with everyone. His friends all try to find him. The Hyena decides not to give the tapes to Dopalet, instead revealing their content to Anaïs and Aïcha, and then to the whole gang.