Geraldine Chaplin plays a woman determined to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of a band of espadachinas captained by veteran actress Bernadette Lafont Nouvelle Vague. Based on Cyril Tourneur drama "The Revenger's Tragedy", "Northwest Wind" also explores the limits of reflexivity in the astonishing climax of the film sequence. The production of the film was so exhausting that Rivette postponed the project for over twenty years.
Caleb, "son of nobody" (Enrico Montesano) lives in Galilee in Jesus' day and struggles as a thief and con-man, pretending to be a magician. When he witnesses Jesus turning water into wine, he thinks he's found a competitor. So Caleb goes on, convinced that Jesus is a fake just as he is, always trying to figure out his tricks. In the meantime, he gets involved with a prostitute (played by Edwige Fenech), but also with the wife of a Roman patrician (played by the equally alluring Bernadette Lafont), he steals a few goats and cons a few people, he befriends a lovable dog and gets in trouble with some Roman soldiers.