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Harem Suare (1999)

In Baghdad in the early 1900's, a young woman rises up through the ranks of power within the Ottoman Empire. She and a eunuch plan an elaborate scheme for the release of the female slaves.


Ferzan Ozpetek


Ferzan Ozpetek (story and screenplay), Gianni Romoli (story and screenplay)
4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Marie Gillain ... Safiye
Alex Descas ... Nadir
Lucia Bosè ... Old Safiye (as Lucia Bosé)
Valeria Golino ... Anita
Malick Bowens ... Midhat
Christophe Aquillon Christophe Aquillon ... Sumbul
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Gulfidan
Haluk Bilginer ... Abdulhamit
Pelin Batu Pelin Batu ... Cerkez Cariye
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayla Algan ... Valide
Nilüfer Açikalin Nilüfer Açikalin ... Selma
Meriç Benlioglu Meriç Benlioglu
Cansel Elcin Cansel Elcin ... Journaliste
Basak Köklükaya ... Gulbahar
Felicitè Mbezelè Felicitè Mbezelè ... Karanergiz


As the Ottoman Empire comes to an end, an old servant spins a tale to keep the women in the Sultan's harem distracted. The story is about Safiye, who first becomes the Sultan's favorite concubine, and later the official wife. As she gains power and influence, she engages in a tryst with Nadir, the black eunuch. When the Empire falls, the Sultan escapes to Europe, leaving all the concubines behind. Safiye fights for their rights under the new order... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Drama | History

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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A gifted storyteller indulges himself
29 April 2003 | by lcrSee all my reviews

When I think about this movie, all the adjectives that come to mind somehow relate to the physical appreciation of the world. Texture, smell, color, that's how I think this movie should be judged in terms of. See the rich golden tones surrounding the young concubine asleep by the fireplace, or the sweltering turkish bath, and let it flood your senses with impressions of spice, coarse cloth, smooth skin, scented oils, flickering flames, satin rustle. Don't just watch and listen, be absorbed, let the droning voice of the storyteller mesmerize you.

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Turkish | French | Italian

Release Date:

21 May 1999 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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