Directed: Gillies MacKinnon
Country: UK, France, Morocco
Language: English / French / Arabic
Hideous Kinky is set in a time about 30 years ago when it was not uncommon for young British free-thinkers to cross into the next continent with virtually nothing in their pockets. They left their proper schooling and part-time jobs behind to make their trek into a poor, desert country in Africa in search of themselves and their spirituality. And so this story begins with a young English hippie woman who has brought her two young daughters with her on her journey. Though the book is narrated by the youngest of the two daughters, it is not yet clear that this is so in the screenplay version of Hideous Kinky.
BEAUTIFUL and COMPELLING
Director Gillies Mackinnon's adaptation of Esther Freud's autobiographical novel, Hideous Kinky. Set during the early 1970's, Winslet plays Julia, a single mother of two girls, Bea (Bella Riza) and Lucy (Carrie Mullan) living in Morocco. As the story unfolds, we learn that Julia has recently moved to Marrakech with her children, leaving her abusive husband at home in England. While in Africa, Julia meets Bilal (Said Taghmaoui), a poor street performer, and together the four travel through northern Africa, with Julia looking for answers to the curve life has thrown her. Shot on location in Morocco, the Hideous Kinky production is both beautiful and compelling, as we sympathize with Julia's situation and are intrigued by the place she travels to escape her problems. The little girls give stunning performances too..