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Hideous Kinky

R Released Apr 26, 1998 1h 37m Drama List
66% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 60% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Unsatisfied with her life in England, young mother Julia (Kate Winslet) relocates to Morocco with her small daughters, Lucy (Carrie Mullan) and Bea (Bella Riza). Although the family enjoys various adventures, they struggle to make ends meet. As their carefree mother relies on good fortune and new boyfriends for financial support, the girls find surrogate father figures in the kindly con artist Bilal (Saïd Taghmaoui) and the dapper European Santoni (Pierre Clémenti). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Lisa Alspector Chicago Reader The fusion of dream sequences and evocative landscapes makes the characters' feverish sense of living at the edge of reality contagious. Apr 27, 2012 Full Review Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Kate Winslet, luscious in a brilliantly colored caftan and flushed from the heat of an African sun, makes a beautiful hippie, circa 1972, in Hideous Kinky. Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Lisa Nesselson Variety Kate Winslet continues an uninterrupted line of fine performances with the modest yet affecting Hideous Kinky. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review George Fenwick Stuff.co.nz Winslet is unsurprisingly astounding in the role, which takes an interesting look at the often-privileged idealism of English people who sought enlightenment in so-called "exotic" places. Aug 27, 2021 Full Review Maitland McDonagh TV Guide The film's gradual slide into a darker vision of the casual selfishness and presumption that often lay at the heart of Westerners' mind-bending journeys to the East is subtle and quietly devastating. Rated: 3/4 Apr 27, 2012 Full Review Film4 It presents a dull life amid colourful surroundings. Apr 27, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Scott M A 23 year old dreamy looking Kate Winslet. The spectacular Moroccan cinematography. Absolutely no story whatsoever. So much potential wasted. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 05/16/24 Full Review Audience Member Kate Winslet is very good here being a mother with two daughters in a foreign land abandoning her English privileged idealism With the prospect of no money and no husband she makes her way as best she can in Marrakesh 1972 finding some spiritual enlightenment Beautiful scenery and a worthy performance by Winslet herself makes a very uncompromising impression Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/16/24 Full Review Audience Member The only reason for one and a half stars was the fact that Kate Winslet starred in it!!! Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Terry R It could have been; truly, it should have been ... but alas, it just wasn't. Sigh. Definitely needs a new director! Kate's good, girls are good, men are good, location is good, story is good --- to make it great would require more than this director had it in him. Or her. What a shame, too. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 09/30/16 Full Review Frances H Interesting and well acted. Both of the children in particular, were very appealing. Haven't read the Esther Freud book, but just may, after seeing this film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/21/14 Full Review Audience Member bleh. turned it off half way thru Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Unsatisfied with her life in England, young mother Julia (Kate Winslet) relocates to Morocco with her small daughters, Lucy (Carrie Mullan) and Bea (Bella Riza). Although the family enjoys various adventures, they struggle to make ends meet. As their carefree mother relies on good fortune and new boyfriends for financial support, the girls find surrogate father figures in the kindly con artist Bilal (Saïd Taghmaoui) and the dapper European Santoni (Pierre Clémenti).
Director
Gillies MacKinnon
Producer
Ann Scott
Screenwriter
Esther Freud, Billy MacKinnon
Distributor
Stratosphere Entertainment
Production Co
Greenpoint Films, Film Consortium, L Films
Rating
R (Language|Some Sexuality)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 26, 1998, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 10, 2017
Runtime
1h 37m
Sound Mix
Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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