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Hideous Kinky Movie Review

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I first saw Kate Winslet in the ultimate blockbuster Titanic, and she received an Academy Award nomination for that. I didn't really see what the big deal was about her performance, so I assumed that it was just an honorary nomination. But now, after seeing Hideous Kinky, I have realized that she not only picks excellent scripts but she also is a brilliant actress.

Hideous Kinky takes place in Morocco where Winslet and her two daughters (played by Bella Riza and Carrie Mulen) are scrounging by, but are also having the time of their lives. They live freely and Winslet is experimenting with new forms of religion to be enlightened. She also meets a handsome young man (Said Taghmaoui) whom she starts a relationship with. But as time goes on, she continues to get pressure to return home, whether from the naive suggestions of fellow Brits or the sudden sickness one of her daughters gets.

Hideous Kinky is a real-life adventure story, following Winslet and she travels around Morocco with barely anything. She meets lots of interesting people, gets put into interesting situations, and ultimately must make a choice that will mean sacrificing one of the many things she loves.

The movie has excellent acting. Winslett and Taghmaoui are perfect, but the two daughters are even more perfect. It's amazing that the director got two young kids that both bring such life and energy to the film at the same time; if their performances had been flawed like we've come to expect from so many child actors, Hideous Kinky just wouldn't be the same.

I also liked how there were no subtitles in the film, meaning that if characters were speaking another language then we don't know what they're saying. This brings about another level of realism to make it feel as if we're going on this journey with Winslet, although at some times it is hard to understand what is happening (such as when two woman "attack" Winslet when she is trying to sell odds and ends).

Hideous Kinky, drawn together by great acting, a good script, and beautiful scenery, is a film that anyone who likes the majestic of foreign places will thoroughly enjoy.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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