Unsatisfied with her life in England, young mother Julia relocates to Morocco with her small daughters, Lucy and Bea. Although the family enjoys various adventures, they struggle to make ends meet.

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

Esther Freud (novel), Billy MacKinnon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Julia
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Bilal
Bella Riza Bella Riza ... Bea
Carrie Mullan ... Lucy
Pierre Clémenti ... Santoni
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ... Charlotte
Ahmed Boulane ... Ben Said
Sira Stampe Sira Stampe ... Eva
Amidou ... Sufi Sheikh
Michelle Fairley ... Patricia
Kevin McKidd ... Henning
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Hippy
Mohcine Barmouni Mohcine Barmouni ... Aziz
Annouar Zrika Annouar Zrika ... Hicham
Mohamed Cherkaoui Mohamed Cherkaoui ... Hadaoui
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Storyline

Hideous Kinky is the story of two sisters (seven and five years old) traveling with their hippie mother from London to Morocco. They encounter many adventures, new experiences, and interesting culture as they tag along on their mother's search for freedom and love. It is told through the eyes of the youngest girl, and we learn her observations on life, Mum, and determined sister, Bea. Written by Jesse Payne <RUbabes@aol.com>

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It's not just an adventure... It's a love affair. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Last theatrical film of Pierre Clémenti. See more »

Quotes

Julia: So, how was your first day at school?
Bea: Well, a little girl wet herself.
Julia: [laughs] And?
Bea: The teacher took her to the front of the class
[pause]
Bea: and beat her
[pause]
Bea: and beat her with a cane
[pause]
Bea: until she stopped crying and than she beat her some more
[...]
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Soundtracks

In Search of The Well
Performed by Rabih Abou-Kahlil"
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Warm and Colourful
15 February 1999 | by SaintNo1See all my reviews

Kate Winslet and her young co-stars are charming in this film. The children have some priceless scenes which are faultlessly acted and leave you wishing that you could encounter such vibrant children in real life instead of the ones prone to throwing tantrums in crowded shopping malls.

The story drifts all over the place - more of a string of events meandering along in search of a purpose, much like Winslet's character. The scenery is stunning, the colours of Morrocco vibrant and the glimpse into another culture is well executed. A fine film to watch if you want visual stimulation, but don't wish to concentrate on a complex story.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

13 January 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hideous Kinky See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,431, 18 April 1999

Gross USA:

$1,263,279

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,263,279
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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