Holy Smoke details
|Formats:||18 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Sophie Lee, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton, Kate Winslet, Paul Goddard, Pam Grier|
|Collections:||Cast of Carnage|
|1hr 54 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 54 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Very disappointingBy a customer from Bristol, UK , 30 Apr 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of the worst films I've seen in a while, and not what I was expecting from Jane Campion.It seems like an old male fantasy, and was pretty disappointing. There was a bit of Aussie humour in it though, but not enough to redeem it. Parts of it were quite sick-making, and the ending was lame to say the least. Don't rent it!
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Draws you in!By a customer , 08 Jul 2013Really loved this film and its one of Kate Winslets best in my opinion. I was recommended this film by my Mum and she was right it was really good!. Loved the scenes of India and Oz, really took me back to my time there, I love the Aussies and their humour too. Not one to watch if you aren't open minded.
Personal Choice and Collective StereotypesBy a customer , 27 Apr 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThe movie 'Holy Smoke' shows how fear, misinformation and ignorance can lead family to manipulate an adult to go through a 'brainwashing' program with an 'expert', who himself is highly unstable and eventually is confronted to accept his own delusion of rightness. The main protagonist finds happiness in India with a guru that she feels is full of love, which is not sexual, but really moving. Her family in Australia thinks she has been drugged and enslaved, and so they decide to trick her into coming home and 'help her' with an expensive 'expert' on cults and sects. Obviously, she soon finds out she has been lurked into a trap and agrees to stay with the 'expert' for three days in an isolated place. There, it becomes apparent, that the 'old man' is keen on having sex with young girls, even with their clients. It is complex and psychological analysis of various characters and confrontation of their stereotypes.
Great film!By drean (5 reviews) , 03 Mar 2013Great film. Kate Winslet is awesome as ever. Great writing with choice bits of Aussie humour. Doesn't follow the standard sexist Hollywood line (but disappointing when she comforts her abuser at the end). Really enjoyed it. Jane Campion is a great writer and director!
A powerful journey - not for the timidBy waterfamily (2 reviews) , 05 Dec 2012Cast, writer, director, story -- all brilliant! I know this movie may not be everyone's cup of tea, but to me it was purely genius. The characters of Ruth and P. J. are well and skillfully developed -- to the purpose of then being deconstructed before our eyes. And not only are the characters deconstructed, but so are the concepts of gender and identity. In the wrong hands, this COULD have been misogynist or perverse, but in Jane Campion's hands it was transpersonal cinema at its finest. At first glance, the two main characters seem as opposite as opposite can be, but through a messy descent into peeling away all masks, they each emerge as more whole human beings, ready to move on to the next part of their journey. Oh, and don't forget the killer Neil Diamond soundtrack! It's unbelievably perfect. I love this film! Have loved it for years, and recommend it to my discerning film-watching friends.
Definately differentBy a customer , 19 Sep 2012First thing i'll say about this film is that its so unique, never watched anything like it before. Ok so it was a little strange in places but it kept me watching until the end and i did find it interesting. The acting was brilliant, i muchly enjoyed Kate Winslet's performance, what an amazing actress she is.
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