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Holy Smoke!

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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this wildly inventive film from director Jane Campion (THE PIANO), Kate Winslet stars as Ruth, a headstrong Australian woman determined to get back to India in time to join a group marriage to her guru. Her family, hoping to break the cult leader's psychic grip on Ruth, hires P.J. (Harvey Keitel), a macho American deprogramming expert teetering on the brink of a nervous breakdown. A no-holds-barred battle of the psyches, cultures, and sexes ensues as P.J. and Ruth fight, connive, and eventually fall into bed together in what becomes a mutual search for individual truth. The strong performances of the two stars, a hilariously offbeat script (cowritten by Campion and her sister, Anna), and a wealth of delicious, texture-enhancing flourishes (including some surreal bits of computer animation, Pam Grier's work in a small role as P.J.'s partner, and a wild opening sequence set to Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy") combine to make HOLY SMOKE! a weird, winning blend of goofy comedy and hallucinatory mysticism.
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  • Credits
    Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Sophie Lee, Dan Wyllie, Tim Robertson
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A loopy contemporary comedy....Winslet gives a particularly bold, uninhibited and magnetic performance..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Winslet is the rare actress who can rage at the heavens and reach for them at the same time....[HOLY SMOKE! Is] a knockabout fusion..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Provocative, frequently hilarious....[Winslet and Keitel] stray into territory that lesser (and less courageous) actors would avoid..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Premiere

    "...Original in every sense....[Viewers] will embrace its thematic and stylistic complexity..."
    Variety

    "...Winslet and Keitel are both interesting in the film..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A high-risk, darkly comic triumph....[The] film traverses a tremendous range of emotional terrain....At once hilarious and serious, cruel and tender, and bristling with vitality, HOLY SMOKE is the right movie for the millennium..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...The real story in this underrated original is Keitel's co-star, Kate Winslet. Sexy, snotty, vulnerable, and, above all, contentious, her character is the catalyst..."
    USA Today

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