L'étoile du Nord

1982 [FRENCH]

Crime / Drama / Thriller

IMDb Rating 6.5/10 10 589 589

Plot summary

Edouard Binet, an aimless Frenchman, has been travelling in North Africa for many years, and is sailing to Belgium. En route, he meets Sylvie Baron. He introduces her to Nemrod Lobetoum, a rich Egyptian carrying valuable jewelry, and Sylvie and Nemrod become friends. Their friendship escalates to love, which makes Edouard jealous. Days later, Edouard arrives at a rooming house owned by Mme. Louise Baron, Sylvie's mother, wearing blood-stained clothes. It appears that Nemrod was killed on a train after he arrived in France, but Edouard denies any knowledge of what happened. Sylvie suspects that Edouard is responsible for Nemrod's death, but by now her mother has become Edouard's ally.

October 24, 2023 at 11:23 PM


Pierre Granier-Deferre

Top cast

Simone Signoret as Mme Louise Baron
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1.11 GB
French 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 1
2.06 GB
French 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gridoon2023 5 / 10

A handsome disappointment

Considering the main cast (Philippe Noret, Simone Signoret) and other names involved (music by Philippe Sarde, story by Georges Simenon), "L'Etoile Du Nord" has to rank as a major disappointment: talky, plodding, interminable. This is short-story material obviously padded to over two hours! It probably takes longer to watch the film than to read the book. But it IS handsomely photographed (especially during the Egyptian flashbacks) and beautifully acted; Noiret gives another masterful performance as a man who tells so many tall tales, and does it so charmingly, that even he doesn't know what's true and what's not anymore. ** out of 4.

Reviewed by alzeem-34953 7 / 10

L'étoile du Nord

With a keen eye for character and emotion, Granier-Deferre directs "L'étoile du Nord", a film that explores the complex relationships and social realities of its era. The film unfolds with sensitivity and insight, creating a captivating and poignant story.

Simone Signoret gives a stunning performance as Edith, a lonely woman who finds strength in her resilience. Philippe Noiret matches her intensity as Victor, her aloof and troubled brother. Their relationship and their shared history are revealed through flashbacks, adding layers of intrigue and depth to the story.

Fanny Cottençon plays Juliette, a young and innocent woman who contrasts sharply with Signoret's character. The interactions between the three characters are nuanced and rich, creating a vivid emotional landscape for the film.

The film also impresses with its subtle visual storytelling. The cinematography is superb, capturing the mood and the details of the setting and the time period. The film's slow pace may not appeal to some viewers, but it serves to highlight the character development rather than a conventional plot. This is a film that rewards those who appreciate subtle and personal storytelling.

"L'étoile du Nord" showcases Granier-Deferre's talent for conveying powerful emotions through a delicate narrative and outstanding performances. This film is a must-see for fans of French cinema and for those who enjoy deeply human stories.

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