Hideous Kinky (film)

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This article is about the 1998 film. For the 1992 novel, see Hideous Kinky.
Hideous Kinky
Hideous kinky poster.jpg
Hideous Kinky film poster
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Produced by Ann Scott
Screenplay by Billy MacKinnon
Based on Hideous Kinky 
by Esther Freud
Starring Kate Winslet
Saïd Taghmaoui
Music by John E. Keane
Cinematography John de Borman
Edited by Pia Di Ciaula
Arts Council of England
The Film Consortium
Greenpoint Films
L Films
Distributed by AMLF
Release dates
2 October 1998
Running time
98 min.
Language English
Budget ₤3.2 million[1]
Box office $1,263,279 (Domestic)[2]

Hideous Kinky is a 1998 film directed by Gillies MacKinnon, based on Esther Freud's 1992 novel of the same name, about a young English mother (Kate Winslet) who moves from London to Morocco with her two young daughters. The soundtrack included music by Canned Heat, Richie Havens and the Incredible String Band.

Plot summary[edit]

In 1972, disenchanted about the dreary conventions of English life, 25-year-old Julia heads for Morocco with her daughters, six-year-old Lucy and eight-year-old Bea. Living in a low-rent Marrakech hotel, the trio survive on the sale of hand-sewn dolls and money from the girls' father, a London poet who also has a child from another woman.

After the girls match their mother with gentle Moroccan acrobat and conman Bilal, sexual gears are set in motion. He eventually moves in with them and serves as a surrogate father. Julia's friend Eva urges Julia to study in Algiers with a revered Sufi master at a school of "the annihilation of the ego". In another sequence, European dandy Santoni invites Julia and the girls to his villa. As finances dwindle, Bilal's philosophy is "God will provide", although usually it is Bilal himself who provides. Sometimes he also disappears. At one point Bea contracts a streptococcus infection while he is gone and nearly dies. Bilal returns only to disappear again, but he has a plan. They discover that three return tickets that suddenly appear have been bought by him with money he got from the sale of his uniform. In the end, Julia and the girls board a train back to London.

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  1. ^ Walker, Alexander (2005). Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984-2000. Orion Books. p. 297. 
  2. ^ "Hideous Kinky at Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2010-09-29. 

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