Title Card for Stars at Noon
"Title Card for Stars at Noon," Stars At Noon, directed by Claire Denis, 2022, (A24)

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“Stars At Noon” leans on Margaret Qualley as a crutch, to the point of you imagining it bending and damn near breaking by the end of the film.

Director(s) Claire Denis
Screenplay By Claire Denis, Andrew Litvack, Lea Mysius
Based On The novel “The Stars at Noon” by Denis Johnson
Date Released (In Theaters, Video On Demand) 10/14/2022
Genre(s) Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Romance, Young Adult
Duration 2 Hours and 15 Minutes
Content Rating Rated R
Noted Cast
Trish Margaret Qualley
Daniel Joe Alwyn

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Film Summary

Stranded in Nicaragua, with limited assistance to leave, an American Journalist, potentially per-diem sex worker named Trish, finds herself trying to fill her days and push the men in her life to help her get back home. Her most recent john, Daniel, a man of mystery, finds himself ensnarled, and despite both clearly things going on in their life which could be a danger to the other, they bond. Sex goes from being a transaction to something relaying love, and there is hope they can both escape the country together.

Things To Note

Why Is “Stars at Noon” Rated R

  • Dialog: There is cursing
  • Violence: Gun Violence
  • Sexual Content: Multiple sex scenes, with notable nudity from Margaret Qualley, and seeing the behind of the men in her life
  • Miscellaneous: Excessive drinking and scenes depicting smoking

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Trish

Trish (Margaret Qualley) in a cab, looking off into the distance
“Trish (Margaret Qualley) in a cab, looking off into the distance,” Stars At Noon, directed by Claire Denis, 2022, (A24)

While Trish is an American journalist, it should be noted she isn’t an employed one. She decided on her own to cover what was going on in Nicaragua, and with her souring relationship with her editor, that, and not having her passport anymore, led to her being trapped and forced to use her youth, wits, and beauty to survive.

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Daniel

Daniel (Joe Alwyn) looking out her window
“Daniel (Joe Alwyn) looking out her window,” Stars At Noon, directed by Claire Denis, 2022, (A24)

Daniel was an English businessman who originally wanted to do what he needed and leave the country. However, Trish seduces him at the bar, and while she gives him an out, he is hooked and decides to spend the rest of his days with her, trying to help her finally escape.

Review

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Highlights

Margaret Qualley

Truly, it is the charm of Qualley which will get you through “Stars at Noon.” Her performance as Trish, which seems like a character out of a romantic comedy, into this world of politics and potentially espionage helps give “Stars at Noon” some sort of levity and makes it interesting.

Low Points

It Is Overtly Reliant On Qualley, Lacks A Compelling Story, and Will Make You Wonder When it Will Be Over?

Unfortunately, “Stars at Noon” uses Qualley as a crutch. Her charm only goes so far, and her nude scenes seem to be aimed at exploiting her youth and body more than creating sensual moments. And while Qualley is an undeniable star, she isn’t at that point where she can power an entire movie. After a certain point, she needs someone or something notable to play off of, and “Stars at Noon” doesn’t provide that.

The whole Nicaraguan political climate issue playing in the back doesn’t create any sense of intrigue. It lets you know more about the world “Stars at Noon” is within, but the country’s destabilization isn’t pushed into something you should care about. The same goes for nearly every man Qualley is tasked with playing off of. They may look different, but their personalities, and their goals, all make them morph into something which feels generic and boring.

Even the lead male, in Daniel, all he does is suck away at whatever life and light he can get from Trish and doesn’t help carry the heavy load of a two-hour movie. Thus leaving you repeatedly checking how much time is left, as it becomes clear Qualley is not a strong enough hook to keep you engaged throughout.

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Title Card for Stars at Noon
Stars At Noon (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
"Stars at Noon" may prove Margaret Qualley has the capabilities of carrying a film, someday, but that day is not today.
Highlights
Margaret Qualley
Disputable
It Is Overtly Reliant On Qualley, Lacks A Compelling Story, and Will Make You Wonder When it Will Be Over?
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