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La pasión turca (1994)

Desideria, a married Spanish woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life, goes to Istanbul where she meets Yaman, a Turkish tourist guide, who makes her discover new physical experiences.


Vicente Aranda


Vicente Aranda, Antonio Gala (novel)
8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Belén ... Desideria
Georges Corraface ... Yamán
Ramon Madaula ... Ramiro (as Ramón Madaula)
Silvia Munt ... Laura
Helio Pedregal Helio Pedregal ... Arturo
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Felisa (as Blanca Apilanez)
Francis Lorenzo Francis Lorenzo ... Marcelo
Loles León ... Paulina
Rasim Öztekin Rasim Öztekin ... Hermano Yamán
Güzin Özipek Güzin Özipek ... Madre de Yamán
Laura Mañá ... Blanche
Patrick Guillemin Patrick Guillemin ... Denís
Cem Baseski Cem Baseski ... Alain (as Cem Baseskioglu)
Juan Gea Juan Gea ... Iván
José Cerro José Cerro ... Padre Alonso


Desideria, a married Spanish woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life, goes to Istanbul where she meets Yaman, a Turkish tourist guide, who makes her discover new physical experiences.

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Release Date:

16 December 1994 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A Paixão Turca See more »

Filming Locations:

Cappadoccia, Turkey See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Antonio Gala publicly expressed his great dissatisfaction with the movie, arguing Vicente Aranda simplified the meaning of his novel. See more »


Yaman: Love is a game which brightens our lives. To really do that, it's caresses must last. It must pervade everything just as a perfume does.
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Musical performance by the 'Orquesta de laúdes de Roberto Grandio'
(Roberto Grandio's laud orchestra) and the 'Grupo de Cuerda Sinfónica'
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Downbeat but solid drama by Vicente Aranda mostly filmed in Istanbul with brilliant and shimmer cinematography
28 December 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Intense and heart-rending melodrama about Desideria (Ana Belén) , a married Spanish woman on holidays in Istanbul (Turkey) along with her husband (Ramón Madaula) and two couples (Blanca Apilanez-Francis Lorenzo and Silvia Munt-Helio Pedregal) where she meets Yaman (Georges Corraface) , a Turkish tourist guide, and she falls for him . Then , Desirea leaves his middle-class world and goes back Istanbul to live an extreme passion . But Yaman results to be a womanizer and a dangerous person , as she is submitted , mistreated and even prostituted for him .

This interesting as well as intimate story is a passionate recounting , dealing with the troublesome relationship between a shy woman and a tough man , including strong sex scenes . The film is acceptable thanks to excellent acting by Ana Belén who provides a peculiar role as a woman carried by an real passion , as well as an evocative and imaginative cinematography . Here stands out the top-notch interpretations and efficient erotic scenes , Aranda's usual marks . In addition , the well-paced belly-dances scenes and his skills in shooting the Turkish final celebration . Vicente Aranda also writes the script a based on a novel by Antonio Gala , and being filmed in his customary formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thought-provoking issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . Antonio Gala is a notorious screenwriter as TV as cinema , as he has written a great number of screenplays and novels mostly adapted , such as : ¨Paisaje Con Figuras¨, ¨Si Las Piedras hablasen¨, ¨Digan lo que digan¨, ¨Esa Mujer¨, ¨Pepa Doncel¨, and ¨Los Buenos Dias Perdidos¨ . . Good acting by duo protagonist such as Ana Belén as a married woman who has a quite boring and hidden sex-life , and Georges Corraface as a stud who makes her discover new physical experiences . Corraface as the ordinary character as a ¨Macho man¨ gives verisimilitude enough . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Ramón Madaula as the bitter , resentful as well as deceived husband , Loles León , Jordi Dauder , Lara Mañá , Blanca Apilanez and Silvia Munt , among others . . Spotless pictorial and glimmer cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine in ColorScope , Pedro Almodovar's usual , he carries out a photography with juicy atmosphere , being filmed in Istanbul , showing spectacularly the scenario of this gorgeous city . Alcaine is deemed to be one of the best Spanish cameramen with a long and prestigious artistic career and Almodovar's ordinary cameraman , he has photographed successes such as ¨Volver¨ , ¨The bad education¨ , ¨The skin I live in¨ , and ¨Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown¨ . He was first cinematographer to use fluorescent tube as "key" lightning in the 1970s . Jose Luis Alcaine thought a theory that the Frank Borzage movie A farewell to the arms (1932) after a story by Ernest Hemingway, was the main and total inspiration for Pablo Picasso in the creation of the "Guernica", one of the most important painting of the 20th century . Furthermore , a willingness almost perfect of the elements of each shot , every sequence , every space . Sensitive and rousing musical score by José Nieto , including an enjoyable leitmotif plenty of oriental and Turkish sounds .

The motion picture was allrightly produced by the great producers Eduardo Campoy and Andrés Vicente Gómez ; being professionally directed in his particular style by veteran filmmaker Vicente Aranda . After his interesting and intriguing dyptic formed by ¨Amantes¨ (91) and ¨Intruso¨ (93) , Aranda directed this one , returning to his ordinary retelling based on contemporary Spanish novels , this time in a version based on the homonymous and bestselling novel written by Antonio Gala . He directed a series of award-winning movies firmly establishing him as one of the best Spanish filmmakers . His usual film editor is own wife , Teresa Font . Vicente is an expert on literary adaptations , he has been working from the 60s with ¨Fata Morgana¨ , Las Crueles¨ , ¨Novia Ensangrentada¨ , ¨Clara es el precio¨ , among others . His greatest successes were intense dramas with plenty of sex such as ¨Amantes¨, ¨Pasion Turca¨ , ¨Si Dicen Que Cai¨ , ¨Intruso¨ , ¨Tiempo de Silencio¨ , ¨Carmen¨ , along with a delinquency tale : ¨El Lute¨I and II starred by Imanol Arias , his fetish actor and specially the historical story titled ¨Juana La Loca¨.

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