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Steam: The Turkish Bath
Steam The Turkish Bath
Actors: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi, Halil Ergün, Serif Sezer
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2000     1hr 34min


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Actors: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi, Halil Ergün, Serif Sezer
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
Creators: Ferzan Ozpetek, Aldo Sambrell, Cengiz Ergun, Marco Risi, Maurizio Tedesco, Stefano Tummolini
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Strand Releasing
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 07/05/2000
Original Release Date: 11/25/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 11/25/1998
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Turkish
Subtitles: English
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Movie Reviews

Blue Frog | California | 12/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Once again, I'm a bit taken aback so many reviewers did not understand this film. My advice is this: if you're a Hollywood or porn fan, you'll probably feel the same as the viewers here who offered negative reviews. But if you're up for experiencing an intelligent and aesthetically beautiful film, you will enjoy this one.

This film is so many things, but summarized it's a piece of exotica (the East as seen through the eyes of foreigners) which takes advantage of its distant locale to peer back and dissect the social flaws of the West, and the forgotten humanity of the East as well. It accomplishes as much through a deceased main character, an Italian who late in life discovered her place and contentment in Turkey. Through the living characters, we discover her tale and journey.

I say this is an intelligent film as there are no black or white characters here; every character is multi-dimensional. No one character is portrayed as more valid than another. Nowhere else is this more evident than in the character of wife, who to the astonishment of the lovers shows up in Turkey unannounced. And in a brilliant twist, it is this character who is the hereoine of the film.

This a peek into a strangely beautiful place. It profoundly moved me."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As far as I know this movie was promoted in abroad by focusing its romantic gay relationship but It means a lot to me. As a Turk who lives in Istanbul, movie reminded me what we are losing as time passes by. Relations, values and beautiful Istanbul. It is totally a nostalgie movie which can bore most of the people who are get used to see action movies since it is a so relaxing movie. Scenario just reflects the Turkish life and the diverse cultural heritage of Istanbul. The locations that are seen in the movie are not movie sets but the districts of the old city where you can still feel the past with its architecture and religous places."
A Great Movie - but packaged so as not to do it justice
Rob L | London United Kingdom | 08/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a superb film - very atmospheric, and captures Istanbul perfectly. The description of the winds is spot on. It's a film about self discovery and getting balance in life (in the same way that Local Hero was) and about beoming entraced by an idea, and a different approach to life.It is not a 'gay' movie at all, despite the cover and the hype. Ok there is an element (without giving the story away), but it is a sensitive and clever film exploring a group of people. It's not a 'romp' movie. Anyone who buys it for watching alone for self comfort will be hugely disappointed. Anyone who buys it for a great story and tremendous atmoshere will have an excellent evening."
Magnificent film
Karl A. Zeigler | West Hollywood, CA United States | 09/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Steam" is yet another film ("American Beauty" and "Fight Club") which examines our lack of fulfillment in conventional society. "Steam" sets itself apart by being life-affirming; though not a "happy" film in the American sense, it shows that happiness through pursuit of one's desires is possible.Those hoping to see an expensive porn movie will be disappointed, though it is not lacking in eroticism due to the superb acting (those stares!) and location."