The movie Hideous Kinky was based on the book Hideous Kinky.
Movie details for Hideous Kinky
The movie was released in 1998 and directed by Gillies MacKinnon, who also directed A Simple Twist of Fate (1994). Hideous Kinky was produced by Sony Pictures. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Kate Winslet, Saïd Taghmaoui, Bella Riza, Carrie Mullan, Pierre Clémenti, Abigail Cruttenden, Ahmed Boulane, Sira Stampe, Amidou, Michelle Fairley, Kevin McKidd, Peter Youngblood Hills, Mohcine Barmouni, Annouar Zrika, Mohamed Cherkaoui, Abderrahim Bergache, Khaldi Cherif, Ahmed Madha, Frédérique Zepter and Salah-Dine Fenjirou.
Though fresh from her Titanic experience, Kate Winslet is no drippy hippy, bringing a refreshing feistiness to her role and looking fetching swathed in diaphanous layers. As her two daughters, Bella Riza (Bea, the wide-eyed younger one) and Carrie Mullan (Lucy, the sensible one) are brilliant discoveries--unselfconscious, charmingly quirky, and enjoying a camaraderie that belies their difference in characters. Completing the family unit is Julia's lover, the endearingly unreliable Bilal (a fiery performance from Saïd Taghmaoui). When the money runs out, their adventures begin and the resilience and practicality of the girls is contrasted throughout with the dreaminess of their mother, her sense of duty vying with her quest for self-discovery. Visually, it's a veritable feast as we're pitched from the color and cacophony of the marketplace to the dusty harshness of the mountains. And that elusive title--which is never explained in the film--is in fact a phrase coined by the girls as a term of approbation. --Harriet Smith