At heart, it is a melodramatic, giallo, from Turkey.
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that a country like Turkey can only make movies featuring men and women in elaborate, period style clothes, replete with lots of exterior shots featuring majestic and beautiful scenery, and people riding horses.
Thirsty for Love, Sex, and Murder is a contemporary, urban film. The characters drive cars, use telephones, and live in stylish, even elegant apartments with modern appliances. There are no mustachioed men dressed like Seljuk warriors on lathered horses. There is nothing windswept about these people or their lives. I don't know about life in Turkey in the 1970s, but the movie makes it look pretty cool.
|Dr. and Mrs. Matin's apartment|
Thirsty for Love, Sex, and Murder does not shy away from dark sexual themes and has a high degree of graphic violence, another giallo trademark. The movie begins with the brutal murder of a female hitchhiker. Trapped in the woods, the victim pleads with her attacker not to rape her as she slowly disrobes. He slashes at her with his razor. As she screams in terror and pain, director Mehmet Aslan inter-cuts her gaping mouth with the arrival of a plane in such a way that it appears to fly down the victim's throat.
|Mine (Meral Zeren, one of the most beautiful women in world cinema)|
Mine's graphically depicted attack at night in the pouring rain.
Mine is invited to a party by her friend, Oya (Eva Bender). Oya's blonde hair and swinging, "free love" lifestyle are the opposite of Mine's dark skin and hair, and her frigidity (a result of her trauma- part of the reason she married her husband is because he confessed he is impotent). At the party, Oya introduces Mine to good looking, swarthy party boy, Yilmaz, (Kadir Inanir). Yilmaz instantly falls in love with Mine and vows to give up his hedonistic lifestyle in the hopes of earning her love, despite her being married. He is one of Oya's lovers, and later, when he rebuffs her advances, she accuses him of being after Mine's fortune.
|A glance from handsome Yilmaz causes these women to|
spontaneously rip each other's clothes off
At the flamboyantly filmed party, revelers throw themselves at the camera from a forest of legs.
|Tarik's (Yildirim Gencer) groovy outfits rival Mine's for psychedelic, seventies' fashion.|
|Dr. Matin arrives just in time to rescue Mine by slapping the crap out of Tarik.|
|Nina very erotic dream of making love to Tarik|
Tarik, meanwhile, has returned from the dead to finish off Mine while she is vulnerable, inexplicably making it look like a suicide. But is Mine really dead or is this part of a larger plan? The answers come fast and quick and all is revealed after a motorcycle chase and shoot out with four brand new characters.
|In Turkey, there is often romantic dancing with lunch.|
|Who the hell are these guys?|
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