Notes from inside back of film program cover: "Nahed, a beauitiful
young woman, on the threshold of life, her heart open to love and
looking up to her future, is preparing to leave her family's home to
join her husband Raouf, who is now her betrothed.
"Her life could have continued for the achievement of all her
aspirations and those of her mother and her father, a successful
attorney. But, in the depth of her soul she was suffering from a
bitter struggle, of which her family nor her most intimates knew
nothing. Even Nahed was unaware of it, as it took place in her
"Nahed had, in childhood, suffered from an unusual experience which
had a great effect on her. She thought, with the passing of years,
that she had forgotten, but actually that complex remained dormant,
ready to reappear. When at last the complex moved to show itself, Nahed
was exposed to the meanest situation she could find herself in,
without being aware of it.
"The danger was not limited to her strange actions and the
consequences, but was apt to threaten her future, her love and even
her life. A solution was imperative before it was too late."
This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster for the 1969 Kamal El Sheikh
film Insatiable AKA The Well of Deprivation based on a
story by Ihsan Abdul Quddus, adapted for the cinema by Naguib Mahfouz
and starring Soad Hosny as Mervat/Nahed. Plot Summary: Mervat and
Nahed were the same girl. Mervat was an irresponsible person who
tempted the boy Taha at a nightclub, encouraged him, spent the evening
drinking with him, then went home with him before anyone knew they had
left. As for Nahed, she kept the habits of the family. She was
engaged to Raoul who had won a fencing trophy and given it to her.
Nahed lived with her mother who lived with her husband in the same
house but in reality they were separated. Nahed tried to restore the
bond between them without success. Nahed suffered constant headaches
and went to Dr. Talaat for treatment. In numerous appointments Nahed
was transported to Mervat's personality, which led Dr. Talaat there.
The doctor took advantage of this opportunity and tried to eliminate
Nahed's Mervat complex. The doctor saw her childhood, her mother's
relationship with her father, how she felt her father had killed her
mother and how the mother had fallen into a well after the father
caught her one night in a red dress. This complex had settled into
the child's psyche and when Nahed became an adult the complex emerged
unrestricted as Mervat, a substitute for her mother's personality.
Dr. Talaat overcame Mervat's personality to restore Nahed's
personality, but then she discovered her fiancee had left her.