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Nina's Heavenly Delights (2006)

Nina's Heavenly Delights , Pratibha Parmar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nina's Heavenly Delights
  • Directors: Pratibha Parmar
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Genius Products (TVN)
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00125WAWI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,663 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When a feisty young woman returns to her home to attend her father´s funeral, she´s shocked to learn that her family has sold half of the shares in their Indian restaurant. Inspired by her colorful friends and budding new romance, she works towards saving the establishment and besting its competition.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electric April 28, 2008
Nina has a tendency to run away from her heart. However she finds a challenge to stay in her home town in cook-off to save the family restaurant. It seems she has another challenge-facing her family and telling them what's really in her heart. Little does she know that they have already figured it out because electricity between Lisa and Nina leaves not doubt where Nina's heart lays. The intensity between Nina and Lisa is believable and the story is lighthearted and fun. I'm sure you'll find that you will want this film in your collection, too.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best date movie! May 17, 2008
This is definitely one of the best date movies that I've ever bought. There's no love scene but their first kissing scene surely makes up for it! The story is great and Nina's best friend is so funny. This movie is cute, cute and cute!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied - July 14, 2008
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Being a huge collector of movies, I was impressed with this movie. Although I do not make a habit of purchasing movies unless I've seen them prior, I took a chance on this one and was happy I did. Sweet story line, I thought it did a great job in portraying a culture who is typically hush concerning matters of homosexuality with respect as well as open-mindedness. I enjoyed the music and plot and would definitely recommend this to others. Thank you! :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A-may-zing! October 8, 2008
When I saw how few reviews were available for this movie I just had to write one. Just by chance, I had seen the trailer for this movie, and it looked so entertaining I just took a chance and bought it. It was the best movie I have purchased in a very long time (and I am very picky about my movies, especially the lesbian ones). You will enjoy this movie no matter what your lifestyle as there is a mix of comedy, exposure to Indian-Scottish culture and cuisine, and a very sexy on-screen chemistry between two gorgeous women. It's movies like this that make you wish for a sequel!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I had this dvd for a while and just watched it with my partner. We're both foodies and loved the theme of the film, but were disappointed with the lack of character and relationship development between the leads. I am not sure if anything was cut (we own the UK ed), but their relationship was just anti-climactic for us. I did enjoy the fact that the family was supportive of the lead's love interest-a welcomed portrayal for the gay community,and surely the film was risky given the taboos associated with being gay, in the Indian community. Overall, the best sizzle for me, came from imagining the taste of the food. It had its moments, but it was underwhelming for me. I am glad, however, that more humorous and sweet gay themed romances are making it to dvd and film festivals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time! (spoiler-ish review) January 1, 2009
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I really enjoyed this movie. It's a feel good movie that is visually appealing and the music is great. In fact, I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack at, the only place I could still find it. It's the story of Nina, a gal who ran off on her wedding day to avoid marrying a man handpicked by her parents, someone she didn't love. She returns for her father's funeral but also has hopes of fitting back into the family she left. She finds the family must sell the Indian restaurant her father poured his heart into but Nina fights to save it and finds herself starting to fall for her brother's girlfriend in the process. I'll let you find out the rest but it will leave you with a smile on your face at the end. It's worth adding to your lesbian dvd collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute & Enjoyable June 15, 2008
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I found Nina's Heavenly Delights to be an enjoyable fair. Rated against other lesbian film, I'd say it's great; but as just a film against all films, it's just cute and enjoyable. I did enjoy both the two primary actresses. The storyline centered around Indian food that looked and sounded great, making me crave curry dishes and my favorite San Francisco Indian food restaurant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a fun movie when it isn't being cutesy October 10, 2010
"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is actually more interesting for the milieu in which it's set - a community of Indian ex-pats living and thriving in Scotland - than for the story it has to tell.

Nina (Shelley Conn) moved to London a few years back to escape an arranged marriage to a man she knew she could never learn to love. When her father dies unexpectedly, Nina returns to Glascow to help run the Indian restaurant he`s owned and operated for decades. Her partner in the endeavor is Lisa (Laura Fraser), a close friend of the family whom Nina finds herself falling in love with, a fact that may not sit too well with her traditionalist family.

"Nina's Heavenly Delights" is definitely a mixed-bag when it comes to virtues and flaws. It's at its best in its quieter, more serious moments, as Nina engages in thoughtful discussions with her family members and her new-found love interest. But when it aims for a more lighthearted tone, the movie tends towards the coy and the cloying. The coming-out aspects of the tale are handled with delicacy and restraint, though the determinedly upbeat ending is a trifle on the implausible and unconvincing side, to put it mildly. The movie also suffers from a surfeit of soulful montage sequences and irrelevant musical interludes, a holdover from its Bollywood roots, no doubt (the movie may be British in origin but its Indian influence is undeniable). Moreover, the blending of gourmet cooking with magical realism feels too reminiscent of "Like Water for Chocolate" for total comfort.

However, the performances are so authentic and the whole enterprise so well-meaning and upbeat that it's hard not to have positive feelings about the movie in the long run.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
This is one of those movies that I could watch over and over. The food, the culture, the danced and the life stories of each character are heart warming.
Published 5 months ago by Liz James
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but...
Acting was good, but story seemed too pressured & relationship developed over minutes...highly unlikely!! Pleasant and good cinematographia. Too expensive for an older film.
Published 6 months ago by Maria C. Triolo
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
will recomend to friends. i did like my purchase and baught it for the romantic nature. i do watgh it over and over again.
Published 9 months ago by L. Browne
4.0 out of 5 stars I belive most will enjoy this movie.
A light hearted film about two people that have known each other since grade school and find they loved each as young adults. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul T. Dunnahue
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was adorable!
Loved the acting, story, & culture of the film--it was a real treat along with the lesbian story. Bought it and I've watched it a few times along with the director's commentary,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jay-Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
When chef Nina Shah (Shelley Conn) returns home to Glasgow for her father's funeral, after fleeing an arranged marriage three years before, she isn't sure of the receptions she'll... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lesbian Film Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Simple, complicated, well written.The leading ladies are well portrayed, and the mother comes out with a shining wisdom that was not expected.
Published 16 months ago by Jolyn Bracken
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great movie. I do recommend it. If you like cooking and fun you must see this movie. I loved it.
Published on July 9, 2012 by unicorn0034
4.0 out of 5 stars Nina's Heavenly Delights
If you liked the movie I can't Think Straight. You will like this movie the only differences is food is involved. So a recap very cutie and light in drama. Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Devilanih3
3.0 out of 5 stars A little entertaining, but director held back on central story
The love story between the two gals is simply not believable because there is nothing prior to their "awakening" that indicates either one of them was physically or emotionally... Read more
Published on October 21, 2011 by Deevah
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