The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Curzon Cinema, Langney Road, Eastbourne  BN21 3EU
Telephone: 01323 731441

This film is a must for baby boomers: how to grow old disgracefully.

After a 10 week run at the Curzon, Eastbourne, they’ve started another short run due to the film’s extraordinary popularity. 

Although this film finishes its present run today - 1 May - you can VOTE to get it back again. Let Curzon's Manager, Roy Galloway, know you want to see it.

A certain Indian Hotel is offering ‘outsourcing’ to the aged of Britain. It delivers its protagonists and armchair viewers, alike, to an India of vibrant colours, crashing discords, tumbling castles and inedible food (compared with Hob Nobs and English chutney).

It also highlights the magic of India, alongside extremes of poverty and wealth; and – above all - the urgent sense of joie de vivre that is so much part of this fascinating country.

Those outgoing to India are a handful of ageing people who object to being categorised as cot cases when they’re still more-or-less whole, of sound mind.

It spells out harshly the situation in much of Britain where the elderly are marginalised and clapped into beige 'prisons' with handrails and buttons in the corner for help but no humanity.

The first time I went to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was with three friends in Brighton. The youngest, merely in his late 50s, sighed that “Judi Dench is always the same.” The other couple thought it was a ‘feel-good film’ but seemed a tad uncomfortable over actually enjoying it. 

I’ve been fascinated by the way this film mirrors us all and outrages those who are most fixed in personal habit.

On my second visit, from the moment I found a seat, took off my sunglasses and lost my bag under the seat, I began to smile. And I was smiling like the Cheshire Cat as I made my way out the door to my car, parked – almost miraculously – only 20 metres from the cinema doors.

Although the sentiments in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are indeed sometimes superficial, there’s a lot of depth to be found within it. When the ‘old cream’ of classical British cinema are given the chance to tackle something so close to home, it is certainly something to be applauded. And enjoyed!

The cast includes Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Dev Patel, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie and Ronald Pickup.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was adapted for the screen by Ol Parker from Deborah Moggarch’s novel, These Foolish Things. It was directed by John Madden and produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czemin.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel runs at the Curzon, Eastbourne, until 1 May.

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1 comment:

Patricia Anne McGoldrick said...

The movie is worth a second look.
The cast of actors is excellent, adding to the telling of the story, the humanity of it all.