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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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Ian Iqbal Rashid

Writers:

Ian Iqbal Rashid, Ken Chubb (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimi Mistry ... Alim
Kyle MacLachlan ... Spirit of Cary Grant
Suleka Mathew ... Nuru Jahan
Kris Holden-Ried ... Giles (as Kristen Holden-Ried)
Veena Sood ... Dolly
Brian George ... Hassan
Liisa Repo-Martell ... Delia
Raoul Bhaneja ... Khaled
Malika Mendez ... Sherubai
Linda Thorson ... Giles' Mother
Andrew Gillies ... Raymond
Barna Moricz ... Alex
Sam Moses Sam Moses ... Vendor
Dean McDermott ... Alisdair Keith
Les Porter Les Porter ... Caterer
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Storyline

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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Playing it straight...is about to get very complicated. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

That Touch of Pink See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,883, 18 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$564,535, 5 December 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title "Touch of Pink" is a play on the old Cary Grant movie That Touch of Mink (1962). See more »

Quotes

Nuru: You knew about Alim and Khaled? How?
Dolly: Their room was right beside ours. Your son has quite a set of lungs on him.
Nuru: Oh my God!
Dolly: Yes, like that! Exactly like that.
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Connections

References Charade (1963) See more »

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Summer Son
Written by Sharleen Spiteri and Johnny McElhone and Eddie Campbell and Charlotte Hodson
Performed by Texas
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A Breezy Delight
18 September 2004 | by Natureboy1See 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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