Passion in the Desert
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Passion in the Desert
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 Venture de Paradis (Michel Piccoli), who is to record and catalog his findings as he studies the archeological and artistic treasures of the region before they're destroyed in battle. Augustin and Venture find themselves separated from the platoon with which they travel, and as they split up in hopes for finding water and shelter, Venture is driven mad… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Simply gorgeous."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"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.'"
‑ Widgett Walls,
"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."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"A beautiful film brimming with breathtaking scenes of danger, wonder and the communion between man and beast."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A shameless art movie about a man falling in love with a wild leopard; that takes guts."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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