The Turkish Bath (1997)

FERZAN OZPETEK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Hamam

Alternate title:  Steam

Italy/Turkey/Spain, 1997.  Sorpasso Film, Promete Film, Asbrell Productions.  Story by Ferzan Ozpetek, Screenplay by Ferzan Ozpetek, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Ferzan Ospetek’s atmospheric drama is about an Italian architect () who finds out that one of his aunts has died in Turkey and left him a turkish bath that she once owned. Deciding to make a short trip to Istanbul to sell the property and return home, Gassman finds himself enchanted by the exotic Middle East and prolongs his stay longer than intended, eventually reopening the bathhouse and befriending the family living above it where he rooms as a guest. You can imagine his wife’s surprise when she stops in for a visit and finds that not only has he integrated himself into his new society, but has also become enamored of his hosts’ young son. This film has a lot of eye-openers to show about cross-cultural experience, skillfully acted and beautifully cloaked by a marvelous musical score.

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