Harem is a 1985 French film directed by Arthur Joffe . Starring Ben Kingsley and Nastasya Kinsky .
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|Ben kingsley |
|Operator||Pasqualino De Santis|
- 1 plot
- 2 Cast
- 3 Shooting
- 4 Awards
- 5 Criticism
- 6 notes
- 7 References
A young American woman, working as a trader on a stock exchange in New York, is abducted by order of an Arab sheikh and transported by ship in his harem in the middle of the desert. At first she, being angry, gets angry and tries to escape, but then she gets used to her position.
One day they have a nice time at the hotel. Returning ahead of time, they discover that in the absence of a sheikh in his house, foreign workers have fun with harem women. The sheikh drives them away (by shooting one) and orders the guard next time to shoot outsiders. He lets the captive go, they say goodbye in a friendly way. After her departure, the sheikh is killed by his own guard.
The film ends with a scene where the heroine walks along the street of New York and sees a group of Muslim women in niqabs .
- Ben Kingsley - Selim
- Nastasya Kinsky - Dayen
- Dennis Goldson - Massoud
- Michael Robin - Raul
The film was shot in Morocco and New York . According to Ben Kingsley, the events in the harem were filmed in Marrakesh for two weeks  . Nastasya Kinski married film producer Ibrahim Musu, who played a cameo role in the film  .
The film received two awards of the French film award “ Cesar ” (“Best Costumes” and “Best Poster”), as well as three nominations (“Best Operator Work”, “Best Sound”, “Best Debut Work” - Arthur Joffe)  .
Critics noted the weak plot and the lack of character development of characters   . So, the American film critic Leonard Maltin called the picture "empty, boring drama"  . Russian critic Sergei Kudryavtsev wrote that the sheikh “does not become clearer and clearer in character even thanks to the stubborn attempts of the English actor Ben Kingsley to revive and humanize the scheme invented by the authors,” and Kinsky “has nothing to play at all - and she looks like a surprised tourist who got during the filming to the Middle East ”  .
- Lexicon of international films
- Russell Jackson, Robert Smallwood. Players of Shakespeare 2: Further Essays in Shakespearean Performance by Players with the Royal Shakespeare Company . Cambridge University Press, 1989. p. 167.
- “Harem” from the book “3500 film reviews”
- Harem (1985) - Awards
- “Thin, boring drama about Arab prince Kingsley, who kidnaps Kinski and adds her to his harem. "Solid production values can't take the place of a coherent scenario and fully fleshed-out characterizations." See Leonard Maltin's TV movies and video guide. New American Library, 1988. p. 440.
- Harem on the Internet Movie Database