Sign In  |  Shopping Cart Shopping Cart  |  RSS Subscribe to RSS Feed  
Spirituality & Practice
Search This Site
Find Us On
Follow Me on Pinterest
Sign Up
Conscious Aging Alliance
Conscious Aging Alliance Events
Search Reviews

First Name:

Last Name:



About the Database

Search our database of more than 4,500 film reviews. We have been discovering spiritual meanings in movies for nearly four decades.

Film Review

By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


Passion in the Desert
Directed by Lavinia Currier
Image Entertainment, Inc. 06/98 DVD/VHS Feature Film
PG-13 -- violence, nudity

In her feature film debut as a director Lavinia Currier has fashioned an exotic movie that stops you in your tracks and transports you to a strange and compelling alternate world somewhere between dream and reality. The drama is an adaptation of a novella by Honore De Balzac.

Augustin Robert (Ben Daniels) is a young French officer in Napoleon's army. He is escorting Jean-Michel Venture (Michel Piccoli), an artist-scholar, in Egypt to record that country's historical monuments and temples. After they are cut off from their regiment and then lose their way in a desert sandstorm, the artist commits suicide. Augustin eventually finds shelter in a deep canyon. In what turns out to be the ruins of an ancient city, the soldier enters the magical and dangerous world of a wild leopard. He calls her Simoom, the Bedouin name for the Sahara's hot, poison wind.

Passion in the Desert is the year's most incredibly beautiful film, brimming with breathtaking scenes of danger, wonder, and communion between man and beast. Ben Daniels gives a tour de force performance, and Lavinia Currier bequeaths to us a deep reverence for the mystery and otherness of animals.


Films Now Showing
Recent VHS/DVD Releases

Reviews and database copyright 1970 2012
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
  Email This Review
Share |
Film Awards
The Most Spiritually Literate Films of:
Purchase from: