Hideous Kinky - C
Viewed April 17, 1999 at the Village VII

An overblown Moroccan travelogue, Hideous Kinky suffers from an inconsistent point of view -- is this the tale of a confused woman (Kate Winslet, doing good work in a sketchily-defined role) searching for some meaning to her existence, or the tale of two young girls bumming around North Africa in the tow of their loony mom?. Since the film can't decide, I couln't bother myself to care -- Julia's spiritual odyssey is rendered meaningless as the film never adequately explains why she would be seeking spiritual enlightenment; and as a tale of an unusual childhood, it fails to capture a child's POV at all. After this and Regeneration, I'm ready to write off Gilles MacKinnon as a second-rate Merchant-Ivory wannabe -- he's technically adept, but he's missing the something that would transform his work to more than a passable hour of Masterpiece Theatre.