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Holy Smoke/Hideous Kinky [DVD] [1999]

Kate Winslet , Harvey Keitel , Gillies MacKinnon , Jane Campion    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Bella Riza, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon, Jane Campion
  • Writers: Jane Campion, Anna Campion, Billy MacKinnon, Esther Freud
  • Producers: Ann Scott, Annabel Karouby
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb 2003
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083EFH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,389 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A Kate Winslet double bill. In 'Holy Smoke' the well-intentioned family of Ruth Barron (Kate Winslet), a young middle-class Australian who has joined a cult in India, call upon exit counsellor P.J. Waters (Harvey Keitel) for help in getting her back. Waters is convinced that the job will take no longer than three days of intense counselling in the outback, yet he soon finds himself falling for his client, who uses her sexuality to reverse the counsellor/client relationship and claim some power for herself. 'Hideous Kinky' tells the story of a single-mother, Julia (Kate Winslet), who decides to flee drab, early 1970s London with her two daughters and start life afresh in Morocco. For the two girls, Bea (Bella Riza) and Lucy (Carrie Mullen), the streets of Marrakech offer freedom and excitement, but the city is more daunting for the penniless Julia. However, Julia's life is drastically improved when she meets Bilal (Said Taghmaoui), a feckless acrobat who charms the whole family. As she grows closer to Bilal, Julia is forced to examine the reasons why she fled England, and ponder the nature of love and responsibility.

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Ruth (Kate Winslet), a young woman of iconic beauty has a sense that something is missing in her life, indeed in western culture. She travels to India and is touched by a Guru. Her family are alarmed and make a decision to lure and reclaim their daughter using the aid of an America exit counsellor PJ Waters (Harvey Keitel).

Hideous Kinky:
Early 1970s--escaping grey London and a failed relationship, a beautiful young woman, Julia, takes her two daughters, six-year-old Lucy and eight-year-old Bea, off to Morocco in search of happiness and adventure…


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hideous Kinky 11 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
Julia, in her mid-twenties and with two young children, has travelled to Morocco in search of spiritual enlightenment of the Sufi variety. There they meet up with a varied selection of characters ranging from the genial criminal to the sour missionary. But she has no money, and lives in constant expectation of a cheque from her ex (the children's father) which is always late or insufficient. Gradually she inches towards the realization that she must learn to live in this world before chasing after another. And all the while it is the children, wise before their time, who bear the brunt of her neglect.
This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking story, totally lacking the car chases and mindless violence of Hollywood blockbusters. Aging hippies will find the period and location nostalgic, and the soundtrack is a good reminder of the early 1970s.
It is not entirely free of formulaic directing, though. The nude swimming scene seems quite untrue to the place and time of the story, and seem to have been put in purely because modern European audiences like that sort of thing.
All in all, an enjoyable evening's entertainment, which doesn't preach and doesn't pretend there are easy answers to life's problems.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUIRKY AND ABSORBING FILM... 18 Nov 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
This is a wonderful film with stellar performances by the entire cast. It is about a young woman's quest for the meaning of life. Taking place in the early 1970s, it is very reminiscent of an era now passed, an era when "flower power" was the rule of the day.
Here, Kate Winslet plays Julia, a twenty five year old young mother of two children, nine year old Bea, stunningly acted by Bella Riza, and her younger sister, Lucy, charmingly played by Carrie Mullen. They abandon their structured, staid life in London, when Julia decides to leave their father to go to Marrakech in Morocco, then the capitol of the disaffected, in search of spiritual enlightenment.
Taking her children, Julia goes on an adventure, an adventure to which Lucy, the younger of her two daughters, takes to almost immediately. Nine year old Bea, on the other hand, begins to yearn for a more "normal", structured life. Julia, however, will have none of it. Living in a Moroccan slum with her girls, she romanticizes their existence.
Julia becomes involved with Bilal, a street performer of sorts, who looks out for them. Wonderfully acted by Said Taghemaoui, Bilal charms Julia and her daughters. He cannot, however, support them, and they cannot support themselves. This becomes clear as they begin a rag tag journey into the Moroccan country side.
Sooner, rather than later, reality sets in. The adventure wears thin on Bea who becomes estranged from her mother. The harsh reality of every day life confronts Julia, who ultimately realizes that traipsing around Morocco just puts her young daughters at risk. Unfortuntely, this realization does not occur to her until she almost loses Bea to illness. It is then that Bilal steps up to home plate and gives them the means to return.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hippie chick 23 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a real Hippie type movie and at the beggining I thought it dragged on a bit but the second time watching it made me realise its one of the best films I've ever seen. Kate Winslet is excellent in this.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey for YOU to go on 13 July 2002
Format:DVD
A film about realising your dreams and discovering that freedom always comes at a price, and that you can't escape the things which make real life.
I watched this film alone, which I think is the best way to watch any film not revolving around guns, explosions and one liners. With this, I could engage in Julia's dreams and to be equally dismayed when they lose their glow. I think if you do it right, you can go on their journey with them and any film which can do that, is working.
It's supurbly acted, from Kate and Said, but more excitingly, by the two girls whose acting is unprecedented. It's a absolutely brilliant film, and the ending must move you in some way, please.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
You have to watch this film with an open mind.
It is an unusual, 'arty' film in comparison to the main stream, that at face value, appears to have a vague story-line - But there is - so much depth to this story!
You have to allow yourself to be seduced by the films simplicity and beauty, colour and innocence. You can soak it up - like a living piece of art. The characters and story are completely enchanting. How wonderful to drop everything and up sticks like Julia did. It is inspiring!
The film is delicate, intricate, sensual and wonderful, truly wonderful. Kate Winslet and Said Taghmaoui are fabulous in the film, as are the children - brilliant young actresses - very natural - they make you remember what it was like to be young and full of ideas and games and silly made-up songs.
The soundtrack is haunting and nostalgic - a fabulous film that anyone with a kind heart and a travellers' spirit will embrace and cherish for ever.
Thank you Esther Freud and Gillies MacKinnon!...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings 28 Feb 2011
By hayatt
Format:DVD
Having recently visited Marrakech and stayed in a Berber village near the Kasbah where Hideous Kinky was reputedly filmed I ordered and watched the film with eager excitement. Whilst the scenery and culture is depicted beautifully, the story I felt was disappointing and weak. Buy the film if you want a flavour of magical Morrocco but otherwise it's pretty unremarkable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
should just be called 'Hideous' boring boring boring zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Published 5 days ago by ALISON LEES
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Was a bit odd
Published 1 month ago by darcyssmum
4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful, spiritual favourite
This remains one of my favourite Kate Winslet films. She's warm and natural and the exotic colourfulness is, if not appealing, certainly beguiling. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great
It arrived on time and in perfect condition and I did enjoy the film and the acting and the scenes of Merocco
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Alison J. S. Weetman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, unusual
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by zillion
4.0 out of 5 stars Adrift in Morocco
I read Esther Freud`s novel some years ago and loved it, finding it truthful, funny and sexy. Gillies MacKinnon`s film version captures the novel`s quirky spirit, and he`s cast it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
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. Read more
Published 12 months ago by sue book worm
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddball story
Having read the book I was looking forward to seeing the film - but was a little disappointed. It jogs along fairly well, but did not grab my attention - disappointing
Published 15 months ago by Arekuna
5.0 out of 5 stars execellent
Love this. Movie as its made in Morocco and this is where I visit lots its beautifully made an Kate winslet is amazing in it to the photography is good in movie also if you like an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miss Pamela Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A BLAST FROM THE PAST
Do you remember (or maybe you have heard of) the hippy trail of the 1960's/70's
Relive some of those moments from your youth when you were a young lad or lass.
Published 16 months ago by Bargain Hunter
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