Holy Smoke!
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It's said that sex and religion are two subjects that no one can discuss without arguing; writer/director Jane Campion tackles both head-on in this satiric comedy drama. On a trip to India, Australian Ruth (Kate Winslet) has a spiritual awakening and embraces the teachings of a guru named Baba. Back home in Sydney, Ruth's mother and father (Julie Hamilton and Tim Robertson) are appalled to learn that their daughter now answers to the name Nazni and has no intention of returning. Mother visits her daughter in India in hopes of convincing her to come home, but it's not until she… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"All sorts of questions go unanswered, and there's little of the density found in Campion's early work; this is mainly smoke, not fire."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's brave, adventurous, refreshingly frank -- qualities also marking the performances, particularly those of the leads."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"...a sexual awakening of sorts for both of its characters."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's too bad that such an artist of such obvious ambition and power seems inclined to dismiss the greater part of humanity..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"[A] blithering mess of a story."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Original in every sense, this often difficult film about family, relationships, sexual politics, spiritual questing, faith and obsession further explores the director's abiding fascinations in excitingly unconventional terms."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"At once hilarious and serious, cruel and tender, and bristling with vitality, Holy Smoke is the right movie for the millennium, envisioning new possibilities in the way people view and relate to one another."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A profoundly generous treatise on how men and women misunderstand and torment one another."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Behind the philosophical smoke burns a genuine comedic fire."
‑ Trevor Lewis, Empire Magazine
"A funny, insightful film whose feminist undertones don't overwhelm the story and characters."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Ms. Winslet is, by contrast, champagne and caviar for moviegoing grown-ups with good taste."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Nice try, but there's not a laugh in sight."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Jane Campion is busily dismantling gender myths that few people take seriously any more."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Filmmaker Jane Campion has displayed genius, passion, insight, and self-indulgence in her work. Now, she reveals a sense of humor."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Not to beat a metaphor to death, but since hitting a high note with The Piano, Jane Campion's career has gone off-key."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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