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Harem Suare

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1999
  • Ferzan Ozpetek
  • 106 mins

Summary

In Baghdad in the early 1900's, a young woman rises up through the ranks of power within the Ottoman Empire. She and a eunuch plan an elaborate scheme for the release of the female slaves.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Revisiting many of the themes from The Turkish Bath - forbidden love, ritual cleansing and the passage of long-established tradition - Ferzan Ozpetek here explores the political manoeuvrings occurring within the Sultan's palace against the backdrop of the Ottoman eclipse during the 1900s. Marie Gillain gives a spirited performance as the favoured courtesan whose doomed love for trusted servant Alex Descas comes to mirror her master's growing political impotence. With Valeria Golino in cameo support, this is a sensual account of a society in transition that also begs questions about the role of women in Turkey today.

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Credits

Cast

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SafiyeMarie Gillain
NadirAlex Descas
Old SafiyeLucia Bosé
AnitaValeria Golino
MidhatMalick Bowens
SumbulChristophe Aquilon
GulfidanSerra Yilmaz
AbdulhamitHaluk Bilginer

Crew

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DirectorFerzan Ozpetek

Details

Theatrical distributor
Medusa (Italy)
Languages
Italian | French | Turkish
Formats
Colour
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