69 – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)


Director: John Madden Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Tena Desae Running time: 124 mins

Subject: Good-hearted if dilute dramedy about a selection of senior citizens thrown together after they are outsourced to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a retirement community in Mumbai. There are bumps in the road (literally) but, with the help of ever charmingly flustered Dev Patel, playing hotel manager, Sonny, each is forced to a poignant conclusion.

Like: A gap year, British acting royalty style.

Core truth: “Everything will be alright in the end so if it not alright it is not the end.”


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