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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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Cast

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:

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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Perran: Go like water. Come back like water.
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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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