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Touch of Pink (2004)

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


Drama | Comedy | Romance

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





Release Date:

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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Giles: O.K. I'm off to work. Bye, sweet...
Giles: [realizing he's leaning in to kiss Alim in front of Nuru] By sweet mother of God, your corneas are so clear!
Cary Grant: Nice bit of improv, the boy's got reflexes.
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Fun and comical
31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just like television these days, gay-themed movies are becoming a more popular genre. There aren't very many gay-themed movies that are actually realistic with a decent script and acting. Too many screen writers fall into writing stereotypical characters with story lines that revolve around AIDS or clubbing. Finally, Hollywood is making some good movies that are actually enjoyable. Touch of Pink is about a gay Canadian living in London with his boyfriend. He's not only gay, but his family is devout to his Indian culture. His family has no idea about him being gay until his mom comes to visit him, hoping to find a spouse for him.

The movie is fun and often comical. Kyle MacLachlan plays the main characters imaginary friend. MacLachlan does a great job, and the character's writing is witty and fun, but the character gets more annoying as the movie goes on. The movie tries to recreate a modern-day Cary Grant movie, but only makes it half way. In the end, the movie is fun and enjoyable, and doesn't fall into all the pitfalls of making gay-themed movies.

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