Passion in the Desert


Adventure / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 70%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 876

Plot summary

August 26, 2022 at 06:24 PM


Lavinia Currier

Top cast

Ben Daniels as Augustin Robert
720p.WEB 1080p.WEB
840.39 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
P/S 2 / 5
1.52 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 31 min
P/S 3 / 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by iteti 8 / 10


I recently stumbled across a TV showing of "Passion...." (having missed the opening scenes). Ms Currier in to be praised for having the vision and courage to bring such a strange de Balzac tale to the screen. I am grateful to the entire cast and crew for their parts in producing such a thoroughly fine motion picture. It must have been arduous shooting so many scenes in the desert. And I cannot comprehend how her trainer coaxed such a fine "performance" from the leopard, Simoon. (This adverture calls to mind another suspenseful adventure, "Naked Prey"). Why isn't this film more well-known?. Hope I can find it on video.

Reviewed by gmcdouga-1 10 / 10

Never thought they could make a decent movie of this story

I remember reading the original Balzac story in college French.

I remember Ken Nordine of WGN-TV in Chicago reading it as one of his late night shows.

Always loved the story but never believe they could or would make a movie of it. To my surprise they did and did it VERY well.

Few of any Balzac stories lend themselves to dramatization, which is unfortunate, and -cat lover that I am, I was always hoping it WOULD be filmed without a lot of Hollywood sexing up. This is as close to perfect conversion as could be done.

The theater of the mind is always better than what the eye can see, but this is as close as I think it can come to letting the imagination of reading meet the reality of seeing.

Reviewed by Philaura 9 / 10


My opinions do not flow with the majority in most cases. I tend to lean toward the artsy, imaginative, and different. This movie was reminiscent of Frances Ford's "The Black Stallion" wherein a fantasy situation is created to showcase the beauty of a magnificent creature who's not readily available to view performing at its peak except on these multitudes of documentaries ala natural. Unlike those nature films, this offering utilizes the finest movie making techniques the industry has to offer fit for a diva creating one of the most sensual super stars (the cat) on the screen.

This fantasy depicting the love relationship that develops between a french soldier (he is very nice too) lost on the Egyptian desert and a female leopard he encounters when he chances upon an abandoned Egyptian temple is mesmerizing. I bought into it wholeheartedly. If you are the least bit open to fantasy and appreciate the grace, beauty, power and sensuality of the feline, you should enjoy it.

The only flaw in my book was the ending. It was a perfect set up for a Romeo and Juliet finale - that would have taken me over the top.

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b4d4ms August 26, 2022 at 11:51 pm

Every time I see this movie poster I think it's a merman (male mermaid).