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Passion in the Desert (1997)

Passion in the Desert (1997)

Passion in the Desert




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Loosely based on a story by Honore de Balzac, this historical drama is set in Egypt in 1798, as Napoleon was leading the French army into the Middle East. Officer Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels) has been assigned to escort artist Jean-Michel Venture de Paradis (Michel Piccoli), who is to record and catalog his findings as he studies the archeological and artistic treasures of the region before they're destroyed in battle. Augustin and Venture find themselves separated from the platoon with which they travel, and as they split up in hopes for finding water and shelter, Venture is driven mad by thirst and resorts to drinking his paints to survive. However, Augustin is befriended by a wild leopard, and he develops an unspoken communication with the animal that saves his life and teaches him a new understanding of other creatures. A Passion in the Desert was produced, directed, and adapted for the screen by Lavinia Currier; it was her first feature film.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Lavinia Currier, Martin Edmunds
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On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
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Ben Daniels
as Augustin Robert
Michel Piccoli
as Jean-Michel Venture ...
Paul Meston
as Grognard
Nadi Odeh
as Bedouin Bride
Nadia Odeh
as Bedouin Bride
Mohammed Ali
as Medicine Man
James Peck
as Soldier
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Part an adventurous love story between a man and a leopard, part a metaphysical meditation about the mysteries of Nature, Lavinia Currier's feature directorial debut is dramatically inert but visually striking.

Full Review… | April 4, 2007
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An impressive feature film debut for filmmaker Lavinia Currier. With the exception of one scene that crosses the line, her work here shows intelligence, sensitivity, artistry, and courage.

Full Review… | December 15, 2012
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It's Man meets beast in this very odd love story between an almost starving French-Napoleonic-Egyptian-Sahara-desert-soldier and a leopard who take a weird affection to the soldier... I'm guessing Balzac's story must read very lyrical, but the story here is just off somewhere and it made me think that maybe, thirst and starvation can make a guy do freaky things. I wonder if between scenes some man-leopard love got cut in the editing room. Good cinematography.

Just watched it on IFC and I must say it was very interesting. Both Ben Daniels and the leopard gave great performances

Strangely erotic, A French Soldier lost in the desert bonds with a leopard. Really cool movie and gotta tell ya, there's gratuitous male nudity......calm down

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