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Gillies MacKinnon directed this $5.6 million production with a screenplay by his brother, Billy MacKinnon. The film adapts the 1992 autobiographical novel by Esther Freud Sigmund Freud's granddaughter about hippie misadventures in North Africa in 1972, as described by a five-year-old girl. Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia Kate Winslet heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy Carrie Mullan and precocious eight-year-old Bea Bella Riza. Living at a low-rent ...
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Kate Winslet, Sa?d Taghmaoui, Bella Riza, Carrie Mullan, Pierre Cl?menti, Mohcine Barmouni April 11, 2000 VHS Very good in very good packaging. Language: English. Run time: 97 ... mins. Originally released: 1998. 1999 release. 98 minutes. Blockbuster PVT with usual sticker on tape and over UPC area. Cover has a couple of minor imperfections but overall still looks great, and tape plays well. Read more Show Less

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Gillies MacKinnon directed this $5.6 million production with a screenplay by his brother, Billy MacKinnon. The film adapts the 1992 autobiographical novel by Esther Freud Sigmund Freud's granddaughter about hippie misadventures in North Africa in 1972, as described by a five-year-old girl. Disenchanted with the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia Kate Winslet heads for Morocco with her children, six-year-old Lucy Carrie Mullan and precocious eight-year-old Bea Bella Riza. Living at a low-rent Marrakesh hotel, the trio survives on the sale of hand-sewn dolls and a few checks from the girls' father, a London poet who also has a child by another woman. After the girls match their mother with gentle Moroccan acrobat and con man Bilal Said Taghmaoui, sexual gears are set in motion, and he moves in, serving as a surrogate father. Julia's friend Eva Sira Stampe urges Julia to study in Algiers with a revered Sufi master at a school of "the annihilation of the ego," and in another sequence European dandy Santoni invites Julia and the girls to his villa. As finances dwindle, Julia's philosophy is "God will provide," although usually it's Bilal who provides. This film was shot October-November 1997 in Morocco, where Winslet caught a stomach bug. Back in London, she went directly into the hospital and thus missed Titanic's London premiere. The score blends North African music with British-American pop hits of the '60s. The film's title derives from a word game played by the girls. Shown at the 1998 Dinard Festival of British Cinema and the 1998 London Film Festival.
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Hideous Kinky offers a refreshingly laid-back look at life in the North African nation of Morocco. Maybe the film's tone reflects the hippy leanings of its protagonist. Perhaps it's a reaction to the overly mythological treatment the country and its most famous city, Marrakesh, have received in Beat literature and in movies such as The Sheltering Sky. Either way, the film paints a grounded portrait of Western individualism in conflict with the sometimes harsh laws of the developing world -- and with its own contradictions. Laying the foundations for her next major role (in Holy Smoke), Kate Winslet balances enlightenment-seeking self-involvement with can-do jolliness and fierce maternal instincts as the privileged young woman who drags her children off to the desert. Bella Riza and Carrie Mullan successfully project the precocious personae of kids forced to parent their own parents, while Said Taghmaoui brings rakish charm and unexpected vulnerability to the role of Winslet's dubiously employed paramour. If the conflicts between Winslet's Julia and the sometimes hostile Moroccan women she encounters seem to generate cheap humor rather than real questions about the nature of cultural imperialism, well, it helps to note Hideous Kinky is set in the 1970s. Self-fulfillment at any cost was the tenor of the times, and in the end, at least, the film refuses to hold Julia blameless for her selfishness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • UPC: 043396030220
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Winslet Julia
Saïd Taghmaoui Bilal
Bella Riza Bea
Carrie Mullan Lucy
Pierre Clémenti Santoni
Mohcine Barmouni
Sira Stampe Eva
Abigail Cruttenden
Ahmed Boulane
Michelle Fairley
Kevin McKidd
Technical Credits
Gillies MacKinnon Director
Kate Carin Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruno Charier Sound/Sound Designer
Pia Di Ciaula Editor
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Susie Figgis Casting
Marina Gefter Co-producer
Pierre Gompertz Production Designer
Jon Henson Art Director
Annabel Karouby Co-producer
John Keane Score Composer
Billy MacKinnon Screenwriter
Louise Marzaroli Production Designer
Mohamed Nesrate Asst. Director
Simon Relph Executive Producer
Emmanuel Schlumberger Co-producer
Ann Scott Producer
Mark Shivas Executive Producer
Stephen Wolfenden Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    This movie is beautiful and touching. I love it's simplicity. I also appreciate how much the film makers allow the cinematography to tell the story. Unfortunately, I think the title put a lot of people off.

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