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Release Date:
25 November 1998 (USA) See more »
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What he inherited was a sexual awakening...
Plot:
Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul... See more » | Add synopsis »
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10 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Find your place in life -- mesmerizing! See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alessandro Gassman ... Francesco
Francesca d'Aloja ... Marta
Carlo Cecchi ... Oscar
Halil Ergün ... Osman

Serif Sezer ... Perran

Mehmet Günsür ... Mehmet
Basak Köklükaya ... Fusun
Alberto Molinari ... Paolo
Zozo Toledo ... Zozo
Ludovica Modugno ... Voice of Aunt Anita (voice)
Zerrin Arbas
Necdet Mahfi Ayral
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murat Ilker

Alper Kul ... Italian

Directed by
Ferzan Ozpetek 
 
Writing credits
Ferzan Ozpetek (story)

Ferzan Ozpetek  and
Stefano Tummolini 

Aldo Sambrell 

Produced by
Paolo Buzzi .... executive producer
Cengiz Ergun .... co-producer
Ozan Ergun .... executive producer
Marco Risi .... producer
Aldo Sambrell .... co-producer
Maurizio Tedesco .... producer
 
Original Music by
Aldo De Scalzi 
Pivio 
 
Cinematography by
Pasquale Mari 
 
Film Editing by
Mauro Bonanni 
 
Art Direction by
Ziya Ulkenciler 
Virginia Vianello 
 
Costume Design by
Selda Cicek 
Metella Raboni 
 
Production Management
Roberto Manni .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gianluca Mazzella .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Maria Teresa Padula .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Massimo Anzellotti .... foley artist
Marco Grillo .... sound
Angelo Raguseo .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfredo Betrò .... first assistant camera
Francesco Carini .... clapper loader
Marco Santarelli .... key grip
 
Other crew
Vincenzo Mosca .... film sales executive
Gianluca Nardulli .... public relations team (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Hamam" - Italy (original title)
"The Turkish Baths" - USA
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94 min
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Find your place in life -- mesmerizing!, 3 July 2002
Author: Tim Evanson (tevanson@earthlink.net) from Washington, D.C.

An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, "Steam (The Hamam)" is a mesmerizing, astounding film that grips you almost from the beginning. Francesco and Marta are a feuding, materialistic, adulterous married couple. But when Francesco inherits a Turkish bath from an aunt he barely knew, he heads to Instanbul to sell it. There, he is seduced away from his high-tech, wealth-obsessed life by the slow, human pace of life led by the people of the ghetto. Francesco finds his bitterness salved by the love of the family who manages the hamam, his heart stolen by the family's hunky son Mehmet, and his too-fast life slowed by the need to rebuild and maintain the hamam. And then Marta arrives, wondering what the heck has gotten into her husband... The film even has a surprise ending. The musical soundtrack was a major hit on the dance circuit. And the film itself became notorious when the Turkish government refused to nominate it for a best foreign film Oscar because of its homosexual content. (The controversy led the Academy to change the way foreign films are nominated.) "Steam" is MUST-see, ranking right up there with "Muriel's Wedding" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."

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