THE TURKISH BATHS

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THE TURKISH BATHS

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Ferzan Ozpetek

1997  98 minutes  1.85:1  Italy

Editions: DVD

Tired of his troubled marriage, an Italian businessman’s life changes dramatically after he learns that an aunt has left him property in Istanbul. Francesco Alessandro Gassman arrives to the Turkish city hoping that he can take care of the matter swiftly and return to Italy. He is surprised to discover that the property is actually one of the last traditional hamams (old-fashioned bath houses) in Turkey.

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Synopsis

Tired of his troubled marriage, an Italian businessman’s life changes dramatically after he learns that an aunt has left him property in Istanbul. Francesco Alessandro Gassman arrives to the Turkish city hoping that he can take care of the matter swiftly and return to Italy. He is surprised to discover that the property is actually one of the last traditional hamams (old-fashioned bath houses) in Turkey. The family that has been running the Turkish bath for his aunt, takes him in and Francesco gradually rediscovers a long-missing sense of family as he accustoms himself to Turkish culture. Matters become complicated though when the couple’s daughter Fusun falls for Francesco, who discovers himself increasingly and disconcertingly interested in her darkly handsome brother Mehmet. The situation comes to a head when Francesco’s wife arrives to make an announcement.
 

Reviews

The film is a love letter to the quiet joy of finding one’s place in the world. It even promotes the lovely illusion that finding that place can be a matter of mere geography.
— The New York Times

Cast and Credits

Director
Ferzan Ozpetek

Writer
Ferzan Ozpetek, Stefano Tummolini

Producer
Paulo Buzzi and Ozan Ergun

Cast
Alessandro GassmanFrancesca d'AlojaCarlo Cecchi

Cinematography
Pasquale Mari

Editing
Mauro Bonanni 

Music
Aldo De Scalzi, Pivio

Special Features

Original trailer
Video interview with the director
Video interview with Marco Risi (producer)
A 20 minutes documentary on the film
New HD Transfer from 35mm Negative New Digitally restored version
BONUS ROM Content: A PDF fully illustrated booklet containing critical analysis of the film by Mario Sesti (Rome International Film Festival)
New and Improved English subtitle translation

Production: Italy – 1997
Running time: 98, color
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Subtitles: Optional English
Audio: Dolby digital 2.0
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
 

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