Harem (film)

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Directed by Arthur Joffe
Produced by Alain Sarde
Written by Arthur Joffé
Tom Rayfiel
Starring Nastassja Kinski
Ben Kingsley
Zohra Sehgal
Dennis Goldson
Michel Robin
Music by Philippe Sarde
Release date
  • 20 November 1985 (1985-11-20) (France)
Country France
Language English

Harem is a 1985 French romantic drama directed by Arthur Joffé. It was filmed in Morocco, particularly El Jadida.[1]


Diane Andrews (Nastassja Kinski) is a haughty Wall Street floor trader without any romantic interests. One day, Sheikh Selim (Ben Kingsley), the ruler of an oil-rich Gulf country, who has been tracking Diane has her drugged, kidnapped, and brought to his harem overseen by eunuch Massoud (Dennis Goldson). Despite Diane's initial protests, as the two come to appreciate each other, they fall in love. Meanwhile, a series of events makes Selim realise that he can no longer rule his country and harem the way he and his ancestors used to do. Eventually, he takes the radical decision to evacuate his isolated castle.


Harem was nominated for five César Awards in 1986 and won two; César Award for Best Costume Design and César Award for Best Poster.[2]


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