• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Lavinia Currier
    In Theaters:
    Aug 31, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 6, 2005

Opening

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Passion in the Desert Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

When Robert sheds his clothes and begins to paint himself like his feline love, I was singing in my head 'Everybody Wants to Be a Cat.'

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 1, 2000
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

While Currier's film is beautifully photographed, it's so far-fetched and so anachronistic, without the benefit of an overriding vision, that it simply ends up being monotonous.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

July 28, 2005

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

A shameless art movie about a man falling in love with a wild leopard; that takes guts.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2007
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com

Simply gorgeous.

Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com

January 4, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B

January 10, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A beautiful film brimming with breathtaking scenes of danger, wonder and the communion between man and beast.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 2, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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 Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 15, 2012
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

| Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2002
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 73/100

January 1, 2000
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Emanuel Levy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety | Original Score: C+

April 4, 2007

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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January 1, 2000
Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
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January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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January 1, 2000
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001

Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000

Movieline
January 28, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

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June 5, 2002
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