April 29, 2015 3:54 PM EDT

The trailer for Woody Allen’s upcoming film, Irrational Man, shows the relationship between a philosophy professor played by actor Joaquin Phoenix and his student Emma Stone. Phoenix’s character appears troubled, and possibly has an alcohol problem. “You suffer from despair,” Stone’s character tells him. But the new trailer for the film, which opens in U.S. theaters in July, also hints at a transition for the professor, who finds new purpose.

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