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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.--Harriet Smith

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play  The early 1970s Escaping grey London and a failed relationship Julia and her two daughters take off for Morocco in search of peace love and happiness Whilst the children are free to enjoy the colour and life of Marrakesh the city offers less freedom for a penniless mother trying to balance maternal responsibility with the search for self-fulfillment Julia&39;s struggle is transformed however by the charming and feckless Bilai who captivates them all until Julia finds the adventure has a price In adapting Esther Freud&39;s semi-autobiographical novel for the screen Billy MacKinnon has perfectly captured Julia&39;s love affair with another culture through the clear-eyed vulnerability - and occasional exasperation - of her daughters six-year-old Lucy and eight-year-old Bea Actors Kate Winslet Saïd Taghmaoui Bella Riza Carrie Mullan Pierre Clémenti Abigail Cruttenden Ahmed Boulane Sira Stampe & Amidou Director Gillies MacKinnon Certificate 15 years and over Year 1998 Screen Widescreen 1781 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (20) Stereo Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Closed Captions Yes Duration 1 hour and 33 minutes (approx)

It is the early 1970s and single-mother Julia (Kate Winslet) decides to flee drab 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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