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Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

Hamam (original title)
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Francesco inherits an old palace from a Turkish aunt and moves to Istanbul to renovate it.

Director:

Ferzan Ozpetek

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Ferzan Ozpetek (story), Ferzan Ozpetek | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Alessandro Gassmann ... Francesco (as Alessandro Gassman)
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Burak Barakaci Burak Barakaci
Ilker Gurel Ilker Gurel
Murat Ilker Murat Ilker
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Storyline

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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Francesco stays at the Pera Palace Hotel, the same where Agatha Christie wrote one of her novels. See more »

Quotes

Perran: Go like water. Come back like water.
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Ending credits roll from top to bottom, the reverse of what is usually done. See more »

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an interesting film, but forget the homoerotica
10 December 1998 | by alexjbSee all my reviews

In the US, this film is being 'pitched' as a film about sexuality. In truth, that is not the film's focus. The main character travels to Turkey and undergoes an unexpected personal transformation. Part of this transformation has to do with same-gender sexuality. But you will enjoy the film much more if you forget about that entirely, and let the story unfold.

I think that the film's main characteristic is that it is subtle. The main character is not shouting his confusion from the rooftops; the viewer is left to draw conclusions from glances and actions (or the lack thereof). Some self-reflection comes in the form of letters that his aunt wrote to his mother, with the implication that he feels the same way.

Steam, or Hamam, is about suddenly finding one's "home", and being willing to accept that discovery and embrace it.


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Official Sites:

Strand Releasing

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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Gross USA:

$384,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$384,793
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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