La pasión turca (1994)

 |  Drama  |  16 December 1994 (Spain)
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Desideria, a married Spanish woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life, goes to Istanbul where she meets Yaman, a Turkish tourist guide, who makes her discover new physical experiences.



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Complete credited cast:
Desideria Oliván
Ramon Madaula ...
Silvia Munt ...
Helio Pedregal ...
Blanca Apilánez ...
Francis Lorenzo ...
Rasim Öztekin ...
Hermano de Yamam (as Rasim Oztekin)
Güzin Özipek ...
Madre de yaman
Laura Mañá ...
Patrick Guillemin ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cem Baseskioglu ...
Claude Brosset ...
Hombre gordo
Susana Buen


Desideria, a married Spanish woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life, goes to Istanbul where she meets Yaman, a Turkish tourist guide, who makes her discover new physical experiences.

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16 December 1994 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Im Sog der Leidenschaft  »

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ESP 628,116,786 (Spain)

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Antonio Gala publicly expressed his great dissatisfaction with the movie, arguing Vicente Aranda simplified the meaning of his novel. See more »


Yaman: Love is a game which brightens our lives. To really do that, it's caresses must last. It must pervade everything just as a perfume does.
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Written by Julian Orbon, José Fernández Díaz, Hector Angulo and José Martí, arranged by Pete Seeger
Performed by Pete Seeger
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From poetic novel to sordid sex
4 December 2005 | by (La Rioja, Spain) – See all my reviews

If on the one hand Antonio Gala can be considered one of the best writers of real literature in Spain today, and is also one of the leading connoisseurs of Islamic history and culture, and on the other José Luis Alcaine is one of our best directors of photography and José Nieto one of the best composers for TV and films, and we add to all this that Ana Belén is not at all a bad actress as well as being a very accomplished singer, either alone or with her husband Víctor Manuel, one could say that this film was destined to be memorable.

However, Vicente Aranda, who may be considered one of our most representative film directors today, just does not hit it off with this film. I think mostly because somewhere along the line in transition from being a literary novel of subtle poeticness to being a somewhat crudely and hurriedly concocted passionate love affair in seething sithering Istanbul, especially laid on for Spanish tourists judging by the San Miguel beer spread out on the street-side café, quite a lot of deliberate delicacy got lost.

The result being a rather top-heavy show of macho bravura unbefitting intelligent women in today's modern Spain – or anywhere else in Europe. The overbearing macho tendencies attributable to Islamics just does not fit in: the film becomes 'trasnochada' even before it starts.

I have seen this film about three times, unfortunately: and each time I like it less. Maybe it is because I suffer from acute manias with everything associated with Islamic mentality. Perhaps. I will not argue that: and of course accept that all manias are rather silly, especially including my own. But the fact remains that I was not brought up believing that women were like cattle and thus to be treated similarly. And that is what purportedly this film is bent on showing. Definitely one of Ana Belén's more important roles, but I am afraid that in this film things go dreadfully awry.

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