The film follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure; they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined; they are forever transformed by their shared experiences; discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past.
Based on the novel These foolish things by Deborah Moggach.;Extras: Behind the story: lights, colors and smiles featurette;Casting legends featurette.;Director of photography, Ben Davis;film editor, Chris Gill;music by Thomas Newman.;Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith.;When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.;MPAA rating: PG-13;for sexual content and language.;DVD;NTSC region 1;widescreen;Dolby Digital.;In English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish;with optional English SDH, Spanish subtitles;English descriptive audio;Closed-captioned.
Metacritic 07/20/2012 (EAN 0024543772224, DVD-Video)
Metacritic 07/20/2012 (EAN 0024543772293, Blu Ray)
Contributor Bio: Madden, John
John Madden's passion for the Southwest comes through in his work, which depicts the vastness and grandeur of this rich land. His photos have graced the homes of Madeline Kahn, Michael Landon, U.S. Representative Larry Combest, former Texas Governor Ann Richards, and Texas Senator John T. Montford, to name a few, and his photography has been showcased in gallery shows throughout the Southwest. Madden assisted National Geographic photographers Dewitt Jones and Rike Cooke during two photography seminars on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. He has served as the official photographer for the Colorado Indian Market, the Texas Indian Market and Southwest Showcase, the Disabled American Veterans National Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and for John T. Montford, Governor of the Day. His work has appeared in publications including Bravo, Cowboy, Southwest Art, US Art, Vietnam Veteran, Whispering Wind, and World Oil, as well as calendars and advertisements. Madden lives in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife Judy and is working on his next book, Through My Eyes-The Art of Faces.
Contributor Bio: Nighy, Bill
Bill Nighy is a multi-award-winning actor who has appeared in many TV dramas, including "State of Play", "The Girl in the Cafe", and "Page Eight", for which he received a Golden Globe Best Actor nomination. He won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his role as Billy Mack in "Love Actually", while his other films include "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man s Chest", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1", and the smash hit "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".
Contributor Bio: Smith, Maggie
Maggie Smith began her career as a nursery teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a peripatetic teacher for an under-5 s EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs. She has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of higher education. Maggie currently works part time as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-ordinators and managers in a range of early year s settings. She is also one half of earlymatters training and consultancy, is co-author of the Hands on Guides series of books and writes for various early years publications.
Contributor Bio: Dench, Judi
Dame Judi Dench, one of the foremost actors of our day, has won the Oscar, the Tony and the Olivier award. She is the author of the book" And Furthermore".
Contributor Bio: Wilkinson, Tom
Raising a large family resulted in a 12-page resume of a wide variety of experiences and learning opportunities, mostly connected to the outdoors. Retirement provided Tom Wilkinson the time to write about converting organic waste to vermicompost. Researching the literature revealed that while much was written about small classroom-sized worm farms, and huge commercial vermiculture operations, there was very little written about the medium-sized system needed by most serious gardeners. After many attempts to build an ideal system the VermiChester system evolved that is inexpensive to build. An appendix includes instructions for building your own "worm farm." After a few years of telling his story, Tom was presented with the amazing story of BIOCHAR, which needs a source of microorganisms to function well, and of course, the worms filled that need with flying colors. Read about the birth of AbonoChar LLC and the blend of VermiCompost with Biochar that is known as "BioPreta." "Beyond Compost, PLUS!" is a guidebook based on hands-on experience, and written in a practical style that you will enjoy. Tom Wilkinson explains why we need to convert our organic wastes away from landfills and into our soil and convert carbon dioxide in our atmosphere into sequestered carbon that stays in the soil, where it stays forever, in a way that produces healthier, more disease resistant and insect repellant plants for increased production and more nutritious food and more luxurious flowers. His "VermiHarvester" separates worms and undigested compost from worm castings (vermicompost) in an easier way, and the guidebook includes illustrations for building your own from simple inexpensive materials. "BioPreta" is one of less than five similar products in the USA and is produced in Hastings, Michigan.
Contributor Bio: Wilton, Penelope
Penelope Wilton is a noted stage, film, and television actress. A two-time winner of the Critics Circle Theatre Award, she is best known for her roles in the BBC comedy "Ever Decreasing Circles "and the popular drama series "Downton Abbey".
Contributor Bio: Imrie, Celia
Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning actress best known for her parts in the films Calendar Girls" and Nanny McPhee". In February 2015 she returns as Madge in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Her roles on stage include Dotty in Noises Off" and Mrs Tilehouse in The Sea", and, on television, Diana in After You've Gone", Vera in A Dark Adapted Eye" and Miss Babs in Acorn Antiques". Last year she brought her cabaret/revue show Laughing Matters" to Crazy Coqs and then to the St James Theatre. Her autobiography, The Happy Hoofer", was published in 2011.