Noroît (film)

Noroît (Une vengeance) is a 1976 experimental adventure fantasy drama directed by Jacques Rivette. The title is an alteration of nord-ouest (north-west), meaning the direction or the wind from that direction (in English, a "nor'wester"). The story is loosely based on Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy. The film stars Geraldine Chaplin and Bernadette Lafont as pirates. Noroît would have followed Duelle (1976) as the third episode of the intended four-film series Scènes de la vie parallèle (the first being a supernatural love story and the fourth a musical).[1][2]

Directed byJacques Rivette
Written byEduardo de Gregorio
Marilù Parolini
Jacques Rivette
Based onThe Revenger's Tragedy by Thomas Middleton
Produced byStéphane Tchalgadjieff
StarringGeraldine Chaplin
Bernadette Lafont
CinematographyWilliam Lubtchansky
Edited byNicole Lubtchansky
Music byJean Cohen-Solal
Robert Cohen-Solal
Daniel Ponsard
Release date
Running time
135 min (Arrow Blu-Ray)


On a beach, Morag (Chaplin) weeps over the lifeless corpse of her brother, Shane and vows to avenge his death. Shane was killed by Giulia (Lafont), the leader of a band of pirates that inhabit the island's castle. Amongst Giulia's band are three men, Jacob, Ludovico and Arno. Morag enlists Erika to be a spy in the pirate's castle and she is employed by Giulia as a bodyguard. Giulia's pirate gang attack a boat and Erika attempts to use the distraction as an opportunity for Morag to stab Giulia. However, the plot fails when Morag is hesitant; the boat attack continues and Jacob is injured.

Morag uses her dead brother's body as a trap to ensnare another Giulia ally, Regina. She pours poison on the lips of Shane and leaves him in Jacob's bed. Erika and Morag organize a theater where they mimic the scenario of Regina's death. In a rage by the turn of events, Giulia kills a pirate. She then decides to send Jacob to seduce Erika. Meanwhile, Ludovico attempts to discover the location of hidden treasure. Morag is betrayed by Erika and stabs her. At a masked ball hosted by Giulia, Morag decides to attend and finally avenge Shane. In the battle of the two women, they kill each other.[3]



The film was shot in 1975 in Brittany.[4]


  1. ^ (Rivette, interview with Serge Daney and Jean Narboni in Cahiers du Cinéma no. 323-324, May 1981; cited in Jacques Rivette, secret compris, by Hélène Frappat, Cahiers du cinéma, 2001, pg. 150)
  2. ^ "Rivette's Rupture (DUELLE and NORÔIT) | Jonathan Rosenbaum". Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  3. ^ Noroît Club de Caen. Retrieved on 26 August 2011
  4. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (1995). Placing movies: the practice of film criticism. University of California Press.

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