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Nina's Heavenly Delights (2007)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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Nina Shah, a young Scottish Asian woman, Nina left home under a cloud after a row with her father but when he dies suddenly, Nina is forced to return. Her return reunites her with her childhood friend Bobbi, a wannabe Bollywood drag queen and brings her face to face with Lisa, a charismatic young woman who now owns half the restaurant. Then Nina discovers her father's secret--The New Taj has been selected for The Best of the West Curry Competition. In the turbulent days that follow, Nina (helped

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Andrea Gibb

Apr 22, 2008

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Nina's Heavenly Delights hints at better-simmered versions of similar dishes.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A lightweight and sentimental exercise that succeeds at little except maybe inspiring the viewer to go out and find a decent curry.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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This combination of melodrama, comedy, music and romance eventually falls under the weight of its endlessly stereotypical characters, dialogue and situations.

December 5, 2007
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This movie's heart is in the right place, which is one way of saying it's terrible.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Parmar's film is light and sweet, comfort food dressed up with a dash of exotic spice.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A cloying blend of Bollywood sentiment and Amélie whimsy, Nina's Heavenly Delights is a lesbian-foodie fairy tale that keeps its appetites well under control.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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offers high production values while telling a conventional tale with several moderately unexpected twists.

September 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Touches of magic realism indicate we are in an ideal world where love will, if not conquer everything, then pretty much hug it into submission.

June 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It's ironic how a film whose outcome depends on the difference between technical perfection and perceived, artistic greatness, would itself prove a slave to shallow screenplay mechanics deprived of nuance.

November 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

You know a cross-cultural, gender-bending dramedy has issues, when its most memorable moment is a blasphemous, bouncy Bollywood musical finale featuring a female impersonator.

November 25, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Parmar scores pleasant performances across the board...Yet the story is bland, like it's been over-workshopped in a screenwriting class, too polite and too smooth around the edges.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The novelty value of an east meets west cultural dynamic isn't enough to disguise how late Nina's Heavenly Delights is to the celluloid coming out party.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

It's a lovely ideal, and the food dishes are photographed scrumptiously, but the whole thing comes off undercooked.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I wanted to like it, but this new Glasgow-set drama really is weak.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

In her feature debut, filmmaker Pratibha Parmar falls back on every cliché she's supposedly trying to undermine.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Like a dainty appetiser, Nina's Heavenly Delights tries but fails to fill you up.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com

Audience Reviews for Nina's Heavenly Delights

I really loved Pratibha Parmar's work on "Nina's Heavenly Delights" and that's the reason I am so pissed off that there is rarely a chance for the character of a dyke to be realistically portrayed - or at least, believably enough for the gay audience to give it a pass. Laura Fraser is cute, but why on earth can't we see a real dyke playing a dyke on screen? Are they so hard to find? That's alI I have to say on this. "Politiki Kouzina" for lesbians!
November 26, 2010
anastasia57001

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Great movie!! Excellent story plot. This movie follows the life of Nina who has a special interest and talent in cuisine that was taught alongside her father. She comes home for her father's funeral and soon embarks upon new changes in life, especially discovering love. Great cast- Raji James, Shelley Conn, Laura Fraser, and Francisco Bosch. Fantastic music!! Definitely worthy.
July 30, 2008
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Leo L

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Very fun, very cute lesbian romance with a hint of Bollywood and lots of Scottish charme. The German audience at the Gay & Lesbian film festival was very, very thankful about the subtitles - Glasgow accent is always a challenge.
October 21, 2007
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