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The Ottoman Lieutenant

The Ottoman Lieutenant

A strong-willed proto-feminist (Icelandic actress Hera Hilmar) defies her snooty parents and travels from Philadelphia to Istanbul to deliver medical supplies to a missionary hospital. Our plucky heroine sticks around as a volunteer nurse and soon finds herself stuck between a hunky but exasperating Turkish soldier (Michiel Huisman from "Game of Thrones") and a hunky but boring Christian doctor (Josh Hartnett). Unfortunately World War I breaks out, making romance difficult. Eclectic director Joseph Ruben (The Stepfather, Sleeping With the Enemy) works wonders on a budget, giving viewers an exotic historical setting and some lovely arid vistas. But the script is too formulaic and the production too B-list to approach the fancypants Merchant Ivory-type feature everyone was hoping for. FULL REVIEW: Period romance is predictable but pretty by Devin D. O’Leary (3/9/2017). 116 minutes R.