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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and the Beautiful

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie was a preview which I saw at a theater and just knew I had to see; it looked amazing and what a cast.  Then I read a review at Wonders In The Dark and this cemented by desire.  It was not playing in my town, even with all the theaters we have available, we still are rarely on the first run and seem to be about 3 weeks behind.

As luck would have it, I made a trip to San Francisco and had a number of daytime hours available to fill up.   I found the movie playing at Union Square in 4 theaters at the same time and was given senior rates.   I just headed right inside and paid up!

I try to see Judi Dench when she is in a movie and the cast was full of British actors that I find very skilled and interesting interpreters.  Here’s the list:  Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie, and Penelope Wilson.  There was not a moment of disappointment or too long a segment.   There was humor, drama, and the story line just touched on exactly a number of the thoughts I have had in recent months about growing old and retiring.

Marigold Hotel is based on the 2004 novel called THESE FOOLISH THINGS by Deborah Moggach and has been very well interpreted by Director John Madden.  It is about 7 seniors who for various reasons end up retiring to India and living in this old hotel. The hotel is one of the relevant seniors. The stereotypical expectations were modified by the gifts of the actors and how they personalized each scene.   They are people with a lack of money, a need for non-emergency medical care, the desire for resolution to experiences, and folks attempting to define themselves within the boundaries of their current circumstances.  The different styles that people use to tackle their life circumstances were explored masterfully.

I was so drawn to the story lines of seniors not wanting to be taken care of by their children and about remaining independent and in full forward motion.  I thought the theme of caring for seniors was an underlining thread which society often layers down low, ignores and yet was exposed in a natural way by the film.

Many seniors develop rigid thinking patterns and often have their fears played upon; within this film these issues were taken up in both a serious and comedic explanation.  I enjoyed seeing both paralleling within the story.

This is a film about success and redemption.

It is well worth seeing and I hope you will put it on your list.  I liked seeing it early on and with the big screen experience because the scenery and filming in India was lovely. It is a big country with many facets.

For me THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL was a 5 ladybug experience.

Have you seen a film lately that you would like to tell everyone about?  Do you enjoy knowing about other people’s circumstances and responses?  How do you feel about British Humor?

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9 Responses to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and the Beautiful”

  1. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. oddly enough I’ve just blogged about this – it’s a great feel-good freeing film .. I loved it – such fun … and so much could be imagined .. the scenery, the emotions etc .. great review you’ve done here .. and I sure hope people get to see it – commenters over on my blog are adding it and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen to their lists of To be Viewed ..

    Glad you were able to fit the film in … cheers Hilary
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    Patricia Reply:

    Salmon Fishing has not come to my town, but I thought I heard it was so good, I purchased the book on my kindle and laughed out loud and thought it was fabulous…

    Oh those Great minds that think alike! Aren’t we lucky

    I would like to see the film again
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  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – Len and I just saw the movie this afternoon and L-O-V-E-D it! I love Judi Dench and Maggie Smith — but the other cast members were spectacular as well.

    Patricia Reply:

    We so loved the movie and I am glad you and Len got to see it- The cast is just spectacular and I think I want to see it again.

    If you notice Hilary in England just reviewed this movie today, her link is below her comment in comment luv…she also reviewed Salmon Fishing in Yemen too….I just finished the book, which is very funny and truly gives a different image of the proposal – Hilary says that film is very funny also.
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  3. Sam Juliano Says:


    I am absolutely thrilled to see this post, and I thank you so much for the shout-out! I certainly liked the film well-enough, even with a few minor complaints, and I can see why it resonated with so many including our dear friend Laurie and with Hillary too, who also brings SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (another film I saw recently) into the discussion. I did think Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and others were wonderful, and could well understand the matters you glowingly brought from the film.

    I had the greatest weekend of 2012 quality-wise after a few weeks of mixed results. I saw MOONRISE KINGDOM, ELENA and OSLO, AUGUST 31ST, all of which were exceptional, and Lucille and I attended Harold Pinter’s play THE CARETAKER with Jonathan Pryce, which in many ways was outstanding.

    Wonderful, heartening post here!

    Patricia Reply:

    I am so pleased to find your good words. I liked this movie very much and was happy to share it and maybe inspire some others to see it. It had a good message for me.

    Your week sounded very full and what an interesting mix of movies you and Lucille saw. WOW. I am heading over to read the Tuesday diary after I write my next book review.

    I just read Salmon Fishing in the Yemen for my holiday adventure. It came and went from the theaters here already.

    Hope you had a good holiday. Thank you for coming to my humble spot

    And wow about the MIllions of readers !

  4. Karyle Says:

    Well this is really the best ones and I would even want to try this on weekends or if when I have time to.. Thanks!

  5. rob white Says:

    This is one I will put on my list, Patricia. Yes, I do enjoy british humor. I love the absurdist humor of Ricky Gervais in particular.

    As a senior myself I am always surprised how society tries to make us feel that out growth and development is over. We know nothing could be further from the truth!Ultimately, we all have our eyes fixed on the same goal. We all aspire to live from spiritual principles that allow us to rejoice in the exhilarating feeling of expansion… certainly this feeling doesn’t stop because we hit an arbitrary number like 60. Talk about an absurdist comedy!

    Patricia Reply:

    Thank you for popping over and commenting… as always this film is not perfection, but it does tickle the funny bone and that is the most important for me….what a cast

    I think the British are outsourcing much of their elective surgeries and especially for seniors.

    Yes I agree about the arbitrary assignment of age – the peak of creativity is about age 65 and I see my 80 year old neighbors still going strong and one is the best school board member we have…they should not be the exception.