Holy Smoke


Set down in Australia, this is the story of an attempted unconversion that goes horribly wrong. A young woman on a trip to India joins one of the many sects there. Her family, duly concerned, get her back to Oz, and import an ''Exit Counsellor'' to talk some sense into her. However, unusual things can happen when a man and a woman are alone for three days...


114 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Nudity, Sex) .
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sex, Female interest, On the Art Circuit

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Credits

Cast
Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Pam Grier, Julie Hamilton
Director
Jane Campion
ScreenplayAnna Campion, Jane Campion
MusicAngelo Badalamenti
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby SR
SA distributor Ster-Kinekor
Made in1999
Produced byMiramax Films

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
3
Cape Argus
Gary van Dyk
5
The Cape Times
Jean-Pierre Rossouw
20
The Cape Times
Nodi Murphy
1
Die Burger
Gabriël Botma
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
12
TV3 Screenplay
Sandy Ngema
14
SAfm Saturday Wired
Alan Swerdlow
8
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
15
Box Office
Annlee Ellingson
5
Rough Cut
Sarah Raskin
8
Total Film
Ceri Thomas
5
Film Review
Lórien Haynes
5
Uncut
Robert McTaggart
15

What the People say

Internet
445 Netizens
12

Average .. 48%

10

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Andrew Simpson 10

Average .. 50%

10

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Hoo boy. What starts out with an interesting premise and lots of promise fails to deliver, unless you count several shots of Kate in the altogether (full frontal) as delivery. My comment afterwards was, ''I've never seen a film go downhill so fast''. Another critic with more experience than me described it as the worst she had ever seen (and believe me, the press get to see some really bad movies). I think the problem is that the writers/director got funding for the film on the premise alone, before the script was even written. I think they had a good idea but headed off in the wrong direction with no way back.

Kashif Gulzar (30): Good. Not Bad!

Andrew Simpson (17): Brilliant acting but the ending was very poor. I expected a bit better from Harvey Keitel.






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