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India is a Colorful Retirement Destination in the movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


A number of films over the years have featured characters discovering a new life after retirement.  From The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson on a quest to complete all the things they want to do before their last breath on earth to About Schmidt, another film starring Jack Nicholson as a widowed husband that sets out on RV-adventure to reflect life and his future. The latest film focusing on life after retirement is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Forget the Mediterranean, these seven strangers seek a more carefree and exotic destination and choose to retire in India. Lured in by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and dreams of living a life of leisure, the retirees discover a hotel that is much less desirable than the one described in the advertisements.  Despite the less than stellar accommodations, the group rejoices in new experiences and discovering that they are never too old for love and living life to the fullest.

The 2012 comedy-drama movie is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel These Foolish Things. Directed by John Madden, the cinematography is beautiful with vibrant color and breathtaking landscapes. The movie was filmed in the Indian state of Rajasthan and featured the cities of Udaipur and Jaipur. The property used to portray the Marigold Hotel was once a tribal chieftain’s palace, but now serves as an equestrian hotel located in the village of Khempur.

The cast features some British comedy favorites and their talent really shines in this film.  Judi Dench plays a newly widowed housewife.  Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy play a couple married for 39 years, Maggie Smith, a retired housekeeper with a knack for finances and Tom Wilknson who returns to India after a long career as a judge. Dev Patel plays the energetic and enthusiastic hotel manager. 

Early Oscar Buzz has tagged The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as a potential Oscar Best Picture nominee.  Judi Dench and Maggie Smith have also been mentioned as possible Oscar nominees for best supporting actress. Whether or not the movie ends up in the running for an Oscar, it’s an entertaining watch with a friendly reminder that life is meant to be lived to the fullest at any age and don’t let the past stop you from making the most out of today.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has a run time of 2 hours and 4 minutes and is rated PG-13. 

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