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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

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

Quotes

Nuru: Besides, I'm lactose intolerant.
Giles: [smiling to himself] Alim's not.
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Features An Affair to Remember (1957) 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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More delightful than a samosa!
18 January 2005 | by KickybritSee all my reviews

I'd seen a preview for Touch of Pink and waited curiously until it came out on DVD to watch it. In that time however I started to read negative reviews for the film with some claiming it to be a rather dull and unfunny sort of movie. With slight anxiety I popped in the film and fell immediately in love with it. I don't mind that it isn't the most original of coming out movies but I certainly did think it was worth more than the reviews panned it to be. I found Alim and Giles' relationship to be quite refreshing from the bore of most gay relationships in movies. The family "ethnic" barrier played in quite well as did Giles' on again off again loose flings. I was most surprised by the way Machlachlan carried himself as Grant, he was fantastic! I watched the movie a second time and found Grant's presence to be more comical than previously thought. The film carried itself well throughout the film and ended nice and warm if not a bit predictable. Don't listen to the film critics who judge gay movies based on their original "gay" story, just enjoy the romantic comedy involving two very attractive men!


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