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Hideous Kinky

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1 h 38 min199818+
Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia (Kate Winslet) heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy and precocious eight-year-old Bea. After the girls match their mother with gentle Moroccan acrobat and con man Bilal, sexual gears are set in motion, and he moves in, serving as a surrogate father.
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Supporting actors
Carrie MullanPierre ClémentiSira StampeAbigail Cruttenden
Studio
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Content advisory
Foul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.0 out of 5 stars

126 global ratings

  1. 55% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 8% of reviews have 1 stars
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Christian NugueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nostalgia
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Everything flows, nothing stays unchanged. According to some famous old Greek philosophers at least.
I bought these 'old' DVDs to freeze the time, to remember the glorious few years during which Kate Winslet was a promising young actress, and not the superstar she has become.
I was not disappointed. She exhibits here all the qualities that made her a star: A fresh face, a body full of energy, a thirst for life and an irresistible natural impertinence that probably drew all men crazy. I could'nt quite fathom how the filmmaker came to this strange title 'Hideous kinky'. The script, somewhat screwed up, shows only an unhappy young mother trying to find her way in sunny Marocco, only to discover in the end that home is the best place. Nothing kinky about that story, only interesting views of 'normal' Maroccans living their 'picturesque'life without much ado. I love the landscapes though.
Jane Campion's 'Holy Smoke' is quite a different story, a rather dark psycho-drama with two very strong personalities getting relentlessly at each other, male ego colliding at full force with female ego. Thanks partly to her solid male counterpart, Harvey Keitel, Kate Winslet shows her quite astonishing dramatic qualities. She impersonates perfectly the duality inside the soul of a beautiful young woman who knows that she must hold to the truth, to 'her' truth, and the moments of reckoning when she realizes that her opponent might have some things right. The ending shows both fighters exhausted but somehow happy together. An allegory for the sex war and an outstanding actors performance.
5 people found this helpful
DGReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Self-indulgent nonsense
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Posh bird mingles with the natives on some misguided spiritual journey. Gets in trouble repeatedly, gets rescued by various kind souls, learns nothing. Typical bit: Runs out of money, so she makes the ultimate sacrifice... moves in with some rich friends in their palatial villa.
2 people found this helpful
FusterCluckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Holy Smoke it is not...
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Kate Winslet in Holy Smoke makes this charade pale into mediocre obscurity, and that's a little more complimentary than the first gut instinct I felt whilst watching it, suffice to say I have lost what must be approaching two hours of my life that I won't ever get back. On the other hand, if you like watching paint dry, or the grass grow, then you won't be able to tear your eyes away from the screen and it'll probably grip you weakly by the gonads throughout.
sue book wormReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful!
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I love this film and the book. I have watched it over and over again and read the book hundreds of times. Being an old hippy myself I can easily identify with these days. The story is of a young woman and her two daughters living in Morocco during the early 70s. The young mum is in love with the way of life, and wants her daughters to feel that to, but they don't always, especially the elder daughter. I can not recommend this D.V.D. enough. Its lovely!
6 people found this helpful
Ric Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 November 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film great title
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I cannot believe this film has been so overlooked. Beautiful photography, a touching tale and a talented cast. I bought this for just a couple of pounds superb service and delivery.
3 people found this helpful
Brendan Ray CyrusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 October 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pointless
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Waste of time and a waste of talented actors. OST soundtrack is enjoyable featuring some great classic songs.
AmandaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Read and re read
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I have seen the film and read the book many years ago. Recently re read it and loved it. Such a good read and very atmospheric.
2 people found this helpful
zillionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful film, unusual
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without giving the plot away, this is a bit of a chic flic and will appeal to those of us who like adventures, the little girls are charming, cheerful, funny, mysterious and at times a little crazy, lovely film location, a bit of a road trip, dam good soundtrack to boot, probably appeal more to those with a bit of a hippy chick background, not an action film but very entertaining
4 people found this helpful
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