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Hideous Kinky [DVD] [1999]

3.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Bella Riza, Saïd Taghmaoui, Carrie Mullan, Pierre Clémenti
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Writers: Billy MacKinnon, Esther Freud
  • Producers: Ann Scott, Annabel Karouby, Emmanuel Schlumberger, Marina Gefter, Mark Shivas
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English, French
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004R82O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,810 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features

Theatrical Trailer
Interviews
Behind The Scenes Footage
Ratio: Feature - 16.9 Anamorphic
Main Soundtrack: English (Dolby Surround)
Subtitles: None
Feature Length: 95 mins approx

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Hideous Kinky journeys back to the early 1970s to Marrakesh, that hippy mecca for everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Gillies MacKinnon, the director of this movie. Here you'll find one nice but confused middle-class young woman escaping the daily grind of a drab London with her two young daughters in tow. Whereas Esther Freud's book was told from the younger girl's perspective, the film-script places Julia centre-stage as she searches for what she describes wistfully as "the annihilation of the ego".

Though fresh from her Titanic experience, Kate Winslet is no drippy hippy, bringing a refreshing feistiness to her role and looking fetching swathed in diaphanous layers. As her two daughters, Bella Riza (Bea, the wide-eyed younger one) and Carrie Mullan (Lucy, the sensible one) are brilliant discoveries--unselfconscious, charmingly quirky and enjoying a camaraderie that belies their difference in characters. Completing the family unit is Julia's lover, the endearingly unreliable Bilal (a fiery performance from Saïd Taghmaoui). When the money runs out, their adventures begin and the resilience and practicality of the girls is contrasted throughout with the dreaminess of their mother, her sense of duty vying with her quest for self-discovery. Visually, it's a veritable feast as we're pitched from the colour and cacophony of the market-place to the dusty harshness of the mountains. And that elusive title--which is never explained in the film--is in fact a phrase coined by the girls as a term of approbation.

On the DVD: Hideous Kinky is presented in widescreen 16:9 with a Dolby Digital soundtrack. Additional features are disappointing minimal. As well as the usual theatrical trailer, there are brief interviews with the main players (though no marks for imagination as they're all asked the same questions) and approximately eight minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. There are no subtitles. --Harriet Smith

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