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.
L’Étoile du Nord (English: The North Star) is a 1982 French film directed by Pierre Granier-Deferre and based on a novel by Georges Simenon, starring Simone Signoret, Philippe Noiret, Fanny Cottençon and Julie Jézéquel. It won a César Award for Best Adaptation and Best Supporting Actress, and was nominated for Best Actress, Most Promising Actress and Best Editing.
L’Étoile du Nord (1982)
Directed by: Pierre Granier-Deferre
Starring: Simone Signoret, Philippe Noiret, Fanny Cottençon, Julie Jézéquel, Liliana Gerace, Gamil Ratib, Jean-Yves Chatelais, Abdallah Chahed
Screenplay by: Jean Aurenche
Production Design by: Dominique André
Cinematography by: Pierre-William Glenn
Film Editing by: Jean Ravel
Costume Design by: Catherine Leterrier
Music by: Philippe Sarde
Distributed by: Parafrance Films
Release Date: March 21, 1982