Passion in the Desert is such an unusual film that it is no surprise to learn that its production took more than two years. Based on an Honore de Balzac novella and directed in her feature debut by Lavinia Currier, the movie is set at the turn of the 19th century and centers on an officer (Ben Daniels) in Napoleon's Egyptian campaign who is stranded in the desert. He develops a sustaining relationship with a wild leopard, an eventually tragic bond that carries metaphoric weight in its ideas
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