Passion in the Desert
Passion in the Desert (1997)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Staci Layne Wilson

Simply gorgeous.

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Widgett Walls

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.'

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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.

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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.

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Cole Smithey

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

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.

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