Stars at Noon


Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63% · 101 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 14%
IMDb Rating 5.6/10 10 2528 2.5K

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Plot summary

Uploaded by: FREEMAN
October 14, 2022 at 08:27 AM


Top cast

Joe Alwyn as Daniel
Ben Safdie as CIA Man
John C. Reilly as American Magazine Editor
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1.24 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 17 min
P/S 7 / 33
2.54 GB
English 5.1
23.976 fps
2 hr 17 min
P/S 5 / 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by steveinadelaide 7 / 10

Gorgeous visuals and strong performances

STARS AT NOON is a French romantic thriller that follows the story of an American journalist, Trish (Margaret Qualley), and a mysterious English businessman, Daniel (Joe Alwyn). Trapped in Nicaragua during the height of its civil war in the 1980s, they become embroiled in political conspiracies and must rely on each other to find a way out.

The film is a cat-and-mouse game where the stakes are high, and where tension is ever-present. The cinematography is stunning, with spectacular shots of Nicaragua's lush landscape and its turbulent political climate. Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn deliver powerful performances, convincingly capturing the desperation of their characters while still creating an intense and palpable chemistry.

STARS AT NOON is a slow burn - often too slow - that never quite reaches its potential. Though the story is compelling, the political intricacies of the era are not always clear, and the narrative fails to fully realize its themes.

Overall, STARS AT NOON is an ambitious and captivating thriller with moments of real beauty and insight. Though it could benefit from a more streamlined narrative and a faster pace, it's worth a watch for its gorgeous visuals and strong performances.

Reviewed by maurice_yacowar 9 / 10

American abroad endangered by revolution

Claire Denis's latest post-colonial anatomy of oppression is a contemporary replay of the 1984 Sandanista revolution in Nicaragua. Hence the covid masks, cellphones and assumption of American weakness.

As the American wouldbe journalist trying to escape, Trish (Margaret Qualley, Andie Macdowell's daughter) has a curiously Latina aspect in her character. With her fluency in Spanish, her dark hair and striking features she could "pass." But her expose of government kidnappings and killings have frozen her passport. Her pretence to press privilege is false. The American publisher of tourist blather wants nothing to do with her. She is rootless in a strange land.

To buy airfare home she sells sex - but only for US dollars. She also uses sex to keep two local "friends" to help her. As she says, "one can't get it up." That would be the fossil Minister of - wait for it - Vice. The other, a studly selfserving cop - to her tribulation - can. Her last hope - both for escape and sexual satisfaction - is the mysterious British salesman Daniel, who himself turns into a political liability when he meets her in the lions' den.

The helpless American's dependence upon the white-suited Brit is itself a historic echo of damaging colonialism. As in her abbreviation of Patricia, Trish is reduced altogether, unable to draw on American support, disdained by the locals, especially those who suffer for trying to help her, like the driver whose lifeline auto is burned for his effort. The outside world isn't awed by "America" anymore.

So for all her modernity the lovely Trish remains exemplar of The Ugly American. She insults the black owner of her motel, her "cesspool." Though scrambling (so to speak) for the Yankee dollar, Trish lavishes cordobes on the locals whom she endangers with her demands. For all her presumption of agency - both as American and as Modern Woman - her salvation rests with a CIA doofus.

Denis's film is an experience. Its scenes of wit, arousal and initiative barely conceal its overwhelming spirit of helplessness.

Reviewed by wickedmikehampton 7 / 10

Loved it... but I don't know why

Director Claire Denis' 'Stars at Noon' is as difficult to pin down as Megan Qualley's nude character. There's something much deeper than skin here.

What genre is this film? Why is Qualley in Nicaragua? Why is she such a mess? Why is her mess so damn appealing?

Is she and dysfunctional Nicaragua a synonym for those moments when I feel emotionally lost, a struggle to survive even when there's no great reason to?

But my appreciation isn't confused. It, solidly, just is. It stayed in my head for weeks, cinematic snapshots versus a holistic emotion I also cannot describe.

Qualley is undoubtedly gifted, best shown when her confident character shows flashes of desperation.

'Stars at Noon' is the daylight version of neo-noir.

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