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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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Nuru Jahan
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Giles (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
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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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16 July 2004 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$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 »

Quotes

Nuru: What do you do at *the gym*?
Alim: I pump iron.
Nuru: You don't even pump your own petrol.
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References Charade (1963) See more »

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Written by Sharleen Spiteri and John McElhone and Eddie Campbell and Charlotte Hodson
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not as unoriginal as some might think
4 February 2005 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Sure, the underlying plot of a son hiding his sexuality from his conservative mother isn't original and completely unpredictable, but there is a lot more to it, unlike many successful Hollywood movies. There's no nonstop violence and destruction, celebrity appearances, explicit sex scenes, or crude humor--not that those always make bad movies.

The characters have varied depth (as do real people), the dialogue is great and sometimes even clever, and of course there are some good laughs. It's tasteful and maybe a little bit 'artsy', but that's completely okay. The details of the plot are different enough to keep it interesting. Some touching character secrets are revealed. 'Too bad it didn't have a wider release in theaters or more well-placed publicity. I think it would've been more successful. I definitely rank it as one of my favorites.

As always, don't let the opinions of strangers be the only deciding factor for seeing a movie. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don't.


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