I had my first chance to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel entertaining film on DVD over the past weekend while visiting family in Indiana. What a terrific movie! No only are there wonderful characters and interwoven plots, but the movie tastefully addresses many poignant issues including sexism, bigotry, gay love, ageism, death, divorce, India’s caste system, and poverty in refreshing and thought-provoking ways. Every single story line was captivating and held your attention throughout the movie.
One of my favorite aspects of the film were the mesmerizing scenes of India. Simply lovely, despite the heartbreaking poverty. The other terrific aspect was the way that all but one of the characters adopted their new home nation and were not pretentious and privileged posers. Here are several of my favorite lines from the film:
“Initially you are overwhelmed. But gradually, you realize it’s like a wave. Resist, and you’ll be knocked over. Diver into it, and you’ll swim out the other side.”
“What’s the use of a marriage, when nothing is shared?”
“Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, then it’s not yet the end.”
If you have not seen The Best New Exotic Marigold Hotel, it would make a fun film to watch with family or to give as a gift this holiday season. I know it will bring a warm smile to your face and contentment to your heart. Enjoy!