Turkish Delight 1973 ****

A love story of extraordinary frankness, Paul Verhoeven’s international breakthrough rode in the back of Last Tango in Paris sexual notoriety, but it’s a much more compressed, tightly woven tale with a refreshing lack on sentimentality. Selfish sculptor Eric Do Vonk (Rutger Hauer) takes up with Olga (Monique van de Ven), and the two of them set out to defy authority and convention with a steamy, no-holds barred affair. Hardly a conventional love-story, Turkish Delight is a rare consideration of romance that never goes soppy; the still-shocking ending leaves little time for tears, just a tacit admission of the mortality that we all share.


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