Passion in the Desert (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  12 June 1998 (USA)
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Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Augustin Robert
Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis
Paul Meston ...
Bedouin Bride
Auda Mohammed Badoul ...
Shepherd Boy
Mohammed Ali ...
Medicine Man
Habis Hussein ...
Tasheen Kwalda ...
Ismael Al-Hamd ...
James Peck ...
Nicolas Sagalle ...
Abdul Latif Salazar ...


Young French officer Augustin Robert escorts artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis to Egypt during Napoleon's Egyptian campaign. Napoleon sent de Paradis to record Egypt's great monuments and temples that are destroyed by French soldiers in acts of barbarism. During combat, Augustin and Jean-Michel are separated from their regiment, and they start wandering through the desert fighting for their life. In one of the canyons Augustin meets a leopard he names Simoom and a strange bond between them appears. Written by Anonymous

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What nature divides, the spirit unites.


Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violence including some depictions of barbarism, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Simoom  »

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$34,358 (USA) (12 June 1998)


$249,682 (USA) (11 September 1998)

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A leopard attacked Ben Daniels during filming, nearly breaking his neck. Daniels was saved by the leopard's trainer. See more »


The French soldiers fire a cannon at the sphinx. An explosion is shown with a shower of stone and dust from the face of the sphinx. 2 minutes later, Venture is shown drawing with the sphinx behind him visible and intact. See more »


Augustin Robert: You can't get lost in Egypt; there's The Nile, and there's the sea.
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Music by Hamza El Din
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The Sands Of Time
7 July 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Passion In The Desert exemplifies spatial grander. It is a visual narrative, illuminated by the magnificent cinematography. Passion was filmed on location in the deserts of Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Namibia, and Tunisia.

We are in Egypt, 1798. Augustin, a Napoleanic soldier, is escorting writer and artist Jean-Michel Venture De Paradis on an official mission to document, measure, draw, and paint the cultural landmarks of the Egypt: its dunes, stupendous ruins, and mysterious people.

But, can you truly "document" majestic sandscapes, fractured edifices, and wild Bedouins? Can you truly capture the essence of Egypt, nature, man, and time?

Jean and Augustin become lost in the mesmerizing glittering, gold desert, whose vastness overwhelms their senses.

"You can't get lost in Egypt! There's the Nile, and there's the sea!", says the dehydrated Augustin, and soon he discovers an ancient, winding cave that leads to a palatial ruin.

Delirious and near-delusional, he attempts to rest; a perplexing sound rouses him; his eyes, body, and emotions become hypnotically locked in time as he stumbles into a sensual, sensory experience....

A wild, sleek female leopard stares back at him, and their love affair begins....

A daring love affair, a daring film.

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