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Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

Hamam (original title)
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Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the ... See full summary »

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Ferzan Ozpetek

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Ferzan Ozpetek (story), Ferzan Ozpetek | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Alessandro Gassman ... Francesco
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Marta
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Oscar
Halil Ergün Halil Ergün ... Osman
Serif Sezer ... Perran
Mehmet Günsür ... Mehmet
Basak Köklükaya ... Fusun
Alberto Molinari Alberto Molinari ... Paolo
Zozo Toledo Zozo Toledo ... Zozo
Ludovica Modugno Ludovica Modugno ... Voice of Aunt Anita (voice)
Zerrin Arbas Zerrin Arbas
Necdet Mahfi Ayral Necdet Mahfi Ayral
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murat Ilker Murat Ilker
Alper Kul Alper Kul ... Italian
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Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the hamam (one of a few traditional Turkish baths left) he inherited. There he meets the family running the hamam, gets attracted to a member of it and the whole Turkish atmosphere and decides not to sell the hamam.. Written by Anonymous

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What he inherited was a sexual awakening...

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy | Turkey | Spain

Language:

Turkish | Italian

Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steam: The Turkish Bath See more »

Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ITL 98,499,000 (Italy), 9 May 1997

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,084, 29 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$655,078, 7 May 2000
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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An ordinary extraordinary film this is
10 January 1999 | by Ruby Liang (ruby_fff)See all my reviews

First off the bat, the homosexual suggestive advertising of this film is misleading: it was not the central theme nor occupy any more than a second's brief moment.

This film actually has a very poignant way of telling a story, which is set in Istanbul (this was what drew me to see this film as I remembered my visit to Turkey and fascinated by the city of Istanbul), and Istanbul is really the central backbone of this movie. Story unfolds in a very ordinary everyday way, and through out the film, yes, things just unfold and nothing is presented elaborately – no fuss no emphasis – they all come across in subtle nuances. One recurring activity is eating: breakfast, family dinner at home, dining at a restaurant -- the colorful food on the table, and the people at the table --- it's all happening in a casual simple everyday manner. Yes, it's like you're there with them -- the ‘regular' streets and neighborhood of Istanbul the city that tourists do not see. Meanwhile layers of emotions subtly unraveling and the central characters: Francesco and his wife, Marta, each of their own feelings go through stages of change…through each of their experiences of Istanbul and Francesco's aunt Anita's words… It all come together…and you will enjoy this film. An ordinary extraordinary film this is.


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