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Touch of Pink (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Comedy, Romance  |  16 July 2004 (USA)
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A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit.

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Nuru Jahan
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Giles (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
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Liisa Repo-Martell ...
Delia
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Khaled
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Sherubai
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Giles' Mother
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Alisdair Keith
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Alim is an Indo-Canadian man currently living in London, England, the move in order to get away from what he feels is his repressive life in Toronto under the watchful and critical eye of his widowed mother, Nuru. For Nuru and her equally competitive sister Dolly, the perfect public Muslim persona is the most important thing in life. Back in London, Alim is free to live openly as a homosexual, of which his mother is not aware. He is in a loving relationship with his live-in British boyfriend, Giles. To navigate through his complicated life, Alim uses the spirit of 'Cary Grant' as his confidante and advisor. Feeling like her life is missing a daughter-in-law as Dolly prepares for her son's "perfect" wedding, Nuru decides to reconnect with Alim in London. Not yet ready to tell his mother of either Giles or his homosexual orientation, Alim, with Giles' support, hides any aspect of this fact for Nuru's visit. But as Giles is tested one turn after another during Nuru's visit, both Alim and... Written by Huggo

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Meet Alim. His lover. His mother...and his imaginary muse in the spirit of Cary Grant. See more »

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Drama | Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »
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$79,883 (USA) (16 July 2004)

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$564,535 (USA) (3 December 2004)
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The title "Touch of Pink" is a play on the old Cary Grant movie That Touch of Mink (1962). See more »

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Alim: She still keeps plastic on the furniture.
Cary Grant: It keeps the evil fresh.
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A Breezy Delight
18 September 2004 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

It strikes me first that critics aren't particularly fair to gay themed films and tend to give them lower ratings than they deserve, citing, of course, other reasons. This film was thoroughly enjoyable fun, with terrific performances by all and a perfect one by Kyle MacLachlan as Cary Grant's ghost. It was a fresh, inventive take on the well worn theme of mom visits son and discovers he is gay. This was reminiscent of romantic comedies of the 1940's, which was certainly intentional. I don't think you have to be gay to enjoy it, but cynics beware. It's a light and happy experience. I wished I had Cary Grant hanging around as Alim did.


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