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Harem (1985)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 November 1985 (France)
A young American woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheik and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Joffé

Writers:

Arthur Joffé (story), Arthur Joffé (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nastassja Kinski ... Diane
Ben Kingsley ... Selim
Dennis Goldson Dennis Goldson ... Massoud
Michel Robin ... Monsieur Raoul
Zohra Sehgal ... Affaf (as Zohra Segal)
Juliette Simpson Juliette Simpson ... Zelide (as Julette Simpson)
Karen Bowen Karen Bowen ... Mrs. Green
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Italian Worker
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... American Engineer
Kamel Cherif Kamel Cherif ... Rachid
Jack Davidson ... Boat Man
Bill Dunn ... American Worker
Charmagne Eckert Charmagne Eckert ... Woman in Church
Rosanne Katon ... Judy
Maria Kaushan Maria Kaushan ... Gypsy
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Storyline

A young American woman is kidnapped by an Arabian sheik and held captive in his harem. At first she frantically tries to escape, but as they slowly get to know and appreciate each other the difference between captor and captive dissolves. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Haaremi See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sara Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Fifth Concerto - Emperor
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven (as Beethoven)
Piano solo by Radu Lupu
Performed by the Symphonic Orchestra Radio Bucarest
Conducted by Iosif Conta (as Josif Conta)
(Forlane)
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An odd failure....
11 April 2012 | by CurtHerzstarkSee all my reviews

This film about a relationships, old versus new ways of life, culture, sex and traditions should have been better. However what we get is strange art-house film that borders to exploitation.

The director Arthur Joffé is really trying to say something deep here but according to me,he fails. While trying to do a dark, meaningful film along the same lines as Jalsaghar (1958), Da hong deng long gao gao gua/ Raise the Red Lantern(1991) etc this film almost never reaches that level and becomes more like Paradise (1982).

More like a softporn drama film in a exotic setting, then an romantic drama with very dark undertones. It is shame, because Nastassja Kinski is very good here, gives of probably one of her best performances, and with Ben Kingsley holds this film on their shoulders.

The directors choice to use the stockholm syndrome as romantic plot device doesn't really sit well with this reviewer and also reminds me of some Pinku eiga films I've seen.

But people who are still curious about this unusual and hard to come by film, see it for Nastassja Kinski & Ben Kingsleys sake, nothing else.

Also viewers sensitive about nudity or sex should avoid this film.


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