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Harem Suare (1999)

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Ferzan Ozpetek

Writers:

Ferzan Ozpetek (story and screenplay), Gianni Romoli (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marie Gillain ... Safiye
Alex Descas ... Nadir
Lucia Bosé ... Old Safiye
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 Ayla Algan ... Valide
Nilüfer Açikalin Nilüfer Açikalin ... Selma
Meriç Benlioglu Meriç Benlioglu
Cansel Elcin Cansel Elcin ... Journaliste
Basak Köklükaya ... Gulbahar
Gaia Narcisi Gaia Narcisi ... Aliye
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Italy | France | Turkey

Language:

Turkish | French | Italian

Release Date:

21 May 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An intelligent, luscious film
12 January 2001 | by chchail_chchabiliSee all my reviews

Harem Suare is the best film I saw in the year 2000. Bravo Ferzan Ozpetek. Sensually shot and stunningly portrayed, Harem Suare is a bold film that tackles interracial romance, which is such a taboo in Hollywood. Women of all shapes, sizes, and color, populate the film. Cut off from the outside world, the women entertain each other by telling stories about intrigue, rivalry and jealousies within their ranks.


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