Holy Smoke

  • Dir: Jane Campion

  • USA/Australia, 1999, English, 115min, 35mm

  • Cast: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton

India! Guru! And flip, The Outback! Ultimately a satire on spirituality, conventionality and sexuality, and the West’s fascination with exoticism, Holy Smoke features a Kate Winslet miles apart from her Titanic (1997) role as she plays a soul-searching hippie who becomes too much out of the world in the eyes of her family. What awaits her is Harvey Keitel’s cult de-programming treatment, which turns into a series of heated negotiations involving the body, desire, and will. Jane Campion tears off the sacredness of the smoke screen we all try to put up in front of life itself, and exposes the naked truth none of us wants to confront.

1999 Venice Film Festival, In Competition



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