Duration Music directorPhilippe Sarde CountryFrance
Release date20 November 1985 (1985-11-20) (France) WriterArthur Joffe (original scenario), Arthur Joffe (adaptation), Tom Rayfiel (adaptation) CastNastassja Kinski (Diane), Ben Kingsley (Selim), Art Malik (Tariq), Ava Gardner (Kadin), Shirley Cain (Embassy Hostess) Similar moviesWhen Andrew Came Home (2000), 3096 Days (2013), Beauty Prize (1930), Every Mothers Worst Fear (1998), Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man (1981)
TaglineThe Loss of Innocence
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Harem is a 1985 French romantic drama directed by Arthur Joffé. It was filmed in Morocco, particularly El Jadida.
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.