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Safiye
Alex Descas ...
Nadir
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Old Safiye
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Anita
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Midhat
Christophe Aquillon ...
Sumbul
Serra Yilmaz ...
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Abdulhamit
Pelin Batu ...
Cerkez Cariye
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Ayla Algan ...
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Selma
Meriç Benlioglu
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Basak Köklükaya ...
Gulbahar
Gaia Narcisi ...
Aliye
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As the Ottoman Empire comes to an end, an old servant spins a tale to keep the women in the Sultan's harem distracted. The story is about Safiye, who first becomes the Sultan's favorite concubine, and later the official wife. As she gains power and influence, she engages in a tryst with Nadir, the black eunuch. When the Empire falls, the Sultan escapes to Europe, leaving all the concubines behind. Safiye fights for their rights under the new order... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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An intelligent, luscious film
12 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Harem Suare is the best film I saw in the year 2000. Bravo Ferzan Ozpetek. Sensually shot and stunningly portrayed, Harem Suare is a bold film that tackles interracial romance, which is such a taboo in Hollywood. Women of all shapes, sizes, and color, populate the film. Cut off from the outside world, the women entertain each other by telling stories about intrigue, rivalry and jealousies within their ranks.


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