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L'étoile du Nord (1982)

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 ... See full summary »

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Georges Simenon (novel), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Mme Louise Baron
Philippe Noiret ... Edouard Binet
Fanny Cottençon ... Sylvie Baron
Julie Jézéquel Julie Jézéquel ... Antoinette Baron (as Julie Jezequel)
Liliana Gerace Liliana Gerace ... Jasmina
Gamil Ratib ... Nemrod Lobetoum
Jean-Yves Chatelais Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Valesco
Jean Dautremay Jean Dautremay ... L'ingénieur
Pierre Forget Pierre Forget ... Albert
Jean-Pierre Klein Jean-Pierre Klein ... Moïse
Michel Koniencny Michel Koniencny ... Domb (as Michel Konieczny)
Patricia Malvoisin Patricia Malvoisin ... Arlette
Jean Rougerie Jean Rougerie ... Monsieur Baron
Julien Bukowski Julien Bukowski ... Un rempailleur (as Julien Bukowsky)
Abdallah Chahed Abdallah Chahed ... Un égyptologue
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Storyline

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. Written by Polly_Kat

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 March 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The North Star See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$781,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$781,151
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sara Films, Films A2 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Not the best Simenon adaptation
8 June 2014 | by bob998See all my reviews

I was left wondering what Tavernier or Resnais would have done with this story. Or Delannoy or Autant-Lara, or... I found Granier-Deferre's film to be visually sumptuous, thanks to Dominique Andre's art direction and Pierre-William Glenn's cinematography, but it left me emotionally cold and indifferent. The acting is splendid: Simone Signoret and Philippe Noiret do very well, and Fanny Cottencon and Julie Jezequel as Signoret's daughters are effective. The constant cutting back to Egypt and the postcard scenes of souks and pyramids was a wonderfully jarring device. But the visual effects can't make up for the coldness of the directorial approach.


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