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Sahara Heat (1987)

Amantide - Scirocco (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 20 November 1987 (USA)
Photographer Lea visits her hubby Alfredo, who works on an oil rig in Morocco. Wherever she goes, she's given eerie dirty looks. She gives in to a couple of men, but then falls for thuggish bar owner Le Serpent and his bar boy.




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Complete credited cast:
Fiona Gélin ...
Enzo De Caro ...
Yves Collignon ...
Joshua McDonald ...
Gianluigi Ghione ...
Christophe Ratandra ...
Le garçon d'étage (as Christophe Ratendra)
Alberto Canova ...
Abdellatif Hamrouni ...
Vecchio Arabo
Nadia Saiji ...
Ridha Zouari ...


A photographer travels to Morocco to stay with her engineer husband and shoot some photos. He was sent there by an international oil company to check on an oil drilling site. While traveling there she has erotic adventures with residents of the area. But she ends up having an affair with someone who ends up betraying her and she murders the man. Written by Robert Byrd

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The original title is Amantide - Scirocco. The word "amant" means "lover" in French. The suffix "-ide" is added to words to form names of chemical components like oxygen and oxide. Scirocco is a type of hot wind, often dusty or rainy, blowing from North Africa across the Mediterranean Sea to southern Europe. So the literal translation of the title is approximately - The Lover Chemical - Hot Desert Wind. See more »

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4 for story, 8 for scenery, 10 for sensuality = mean of 7*, median of 8
23 May 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I had never seen Fiona Gélin before viewing this movie, and haven't seen her since. Likewise for her half-sister, Maria Schneider, Brando's co-star in the infamous "Last Tango in Paris" (remember the scene with the stick of butter in the Paris hotel bathroom).

Whichever parent these two gals share passed on a large dose of "sensuality genes."

With the earthy, realistic scenes in northern Africa, the literally hot weather on-screen, alone, could cause you to perspire if you were watching the film from inside a meat locker.

And the on-screen scenes where this attractive and thoroughly sensual young woman beds a variety of sweaty males in open locations, including on horseback, with others nearby around, or a horde of males, all over the place, as she visits one of them at an apartment in a busy plaza area - no viewer could escape the effect of viewing her attempt to satisfy her active libido in a thoroughly unabashed fashion.

There isn't a lot of story here, and none of the characters - including hers - evokes a lot of emotion or empathy. But you cannot help but feel that her performance here outdoes others in more prominent films, and the on-screen performances of, say, Sharon Stone, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Kristin Scott Thomas, et al, in some of their work .

Pure SENSUALITY, deserving of "all caps."

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