Hideous Kinky
First screened in January 2005 / Most recently screened in April 2020
Director: Gillies MacKinnon. Cast: Kate Winslet, Bella Riza, Carrie Mullan, Saïd Taghmaoui, Pierre Clémenti, Abigail Cruttenden, Sira Stampe, Amidou, Ahmed Boulane, Roukia Bent H'mad, Ahmed Madha, Fréd#&233;rique Zepter, Abderrahim Bargache, Khaldi Cherif, Mohcine Barmouni, Annouar Zrika, Mohamed Cherkaoui, Fadila Benmoussa, Khadija Adly, Malika Khaldi, Khadija Belkiyal, Michelle Fairley, Peter Youngblood Hills, Kevin McKidd. Screenplay: Billy MacKinnon (based on the novel by Esther Freud).

Twitter Capsule: I both appreciate the loose, judgment-free narrative here and crave a slightly more focused POV. Rare and familiar.

VOR:   Certainly not the coming-of-age story we see most often. Doesn't win every fight against cultural exoticism, but wins a lot. Laudably offbeat.

Photo © 1998 Greenpoint Films/L Films/AMLF,
© 1999 Stratosphere Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

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