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Passion in the Desert

Director/Producer:Lavinia Currier
Writers:Lavinia Currier and Martin Edmunds
Director of Photography:Alexei Rodionov
Editor:Nicolas Gaster
Music:Jose Nieto
Production Designer:Amanda McArthur
Fine Line; PG-13; 93 minutes
Release:6/98
Cast:Ben Daniels, Michel Piccoli, Paul Meston, Kenneth Collard and Nadi Odeh
based on a novella by Honoré de Balzac

A Napoleanic soldier (Daniels) who gets lost in the desert finds shelter and love with a leopard that saves his life by bringing him food and water. No, it's not the Saharan heat, the guy really does have it bad for this sleek cat, which he names Simoon. Visually lush, the film's reverence for nature and animals is admirable, but the premise is hard to take seriously.


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