Turkish Delight (film)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Turkish Delight (Dutch: Turks fruit) is a 1973 Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven and filmed by Jan de Bont. The film is a love story of an artist and a young woman, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. The story is based on the novel Turks Fruit by Jan Wolkers.
Turkish Delight is one of the most successful films of the Dutch cinema, 3,500,000 people visited the film.
Turkish Delight opens with Eric frantically picking up random women from the streets and taking them back to his studio for sex. However, he is clearly distressed about something, and it turns out that this is the aftermath of his breakup with Olga. The movie then recounts his relationship with Olga.
Olga picks up Eric when he is hitchhiking, and immediately they hit it off together, both sexually and spiritually. They live together and marry. However, their relationship is strongly resisted by Olga's family. They do not approve of this Bohemian sculptor, who lives poorly off his occasional commissions, as a suitable match for Olga.
After a number of adventures, Olga suddenly starts acting strangely. At a party organised by her family, she flirts with a businessman, and after some arguments with Eric, he slaps her and she leaves him. This brings the movie to the point where it opened, ending the flashback.
Eric is still obsessed about Olga, but sees her only occasionally. She acts more and more outrageously, often in the presence of other men. Her family refuses to let Eric visit her, until he says he has come to arrange a divorce.
One day he meets Olga, and she is acting almost completely incoherently. She collapses and is taken to hospital, where she is diagnosed as having a brain tumor. Eric brings her Turkish delight, which is the only thing she will eat, as she is afraid that harder food will break her teeth. Soon after, she dies.