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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nuru Jahan
Giles (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Liisa Repo-Martell ...
Malika Mendez ...
Giles' Mother
Sam Moses ...
Alisdair Keith
Les Porter ...


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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Rated R for sexual content and brief language | See all certifications »





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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That Touch of Pink  »

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$79,883 (USA) (16 July 2004)


$564,535 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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The Toronto wedding scene was shot at Casa Loma, Toronto's famed castle built by Sir Henry Pellat before the first war. It is now a tourist attraction but actually often is rented for weddings. See more »


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Charming and funny coming out story
21 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

A remarkably charming homage to a dozen 40's, 50's and 60s romantic comedies. The plot is a standard coming-out-to-mom story, not particularly surprising, but mom and auntie are brilliant. Entire scenes are lifted from Doris Day/Katherine Hepburn/Cary Grant movies.

Kyle MacLachlan as the spirit of Cary Grant mentors a gay Indian man in Toronto and London while the boyfriend charms the sari off of mom. The ambitious and acquisitive relatives plan a ridiculous marriage while the alienated son clings to an integrity no one else bothers with.

At last, a story that's not poignant or heartwarming, just funny and good.

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