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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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Credited cast:
... Francesco
Francesca d'Aloja ... Marta
Carlo Cecchi ... Oscar
Halil Ergün ... Osman
... Perran
... Mehmet
... Fusun
Alberto Molinari ... Paolo
Zozo Toledo ... Zozo
Ludovica Modugno ... Voice of Aunt Anita (voice)
Zerrin Arbas
Necdet Mahfi Ayral
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Murat Ilker
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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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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Perran: Go like water. Come back like water.
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Find your place in life -- mesmerizing!
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An official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, "Steam (The Hamam)" is a mesmerizing, astounding film that grips you almost from the beginning. Francesco and Marta are a feuding, materialistic, adulterous married couple. But when Francesco inherits a Turkish bath from an aunt he barely knew, he heads to Instanbul to sell it. There, he is seduced away from his high-tech, wealth-obsessed life by the slow, human pace of life led by the people of the ghetto. Francesco finds his bitterness salved by the love of the family who manages the hamam, his heart stolen by the family's hunky son Mehmet, and his too-fast life slowed by the need to rebuild and maintain the hamam. And then Marta arrives, wondering what the heck has gotten into her husband... The film even has a surprise ending. The musical soundtrack was a major hit on the dance circuit. And the film itself became notorious when the Turkish government refused to nominate it for a best foreign film Oscar because of its homosexual content. (The controversy led the Academy to change the way foreign films are nominated.) "Steam" is MUST-see, ranking right up there with "Muriel's Wedding" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral."


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