Directed by John Madden. UK. 2011. PG-13. 124 min. Fox Searchlight. 35mm.
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“In “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” the director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) exhibits a respect for characters in their sixties and seventies. A group of pensioners are drawn to India by a Photoshopped brochure, and wind up in a ramshackle old hotel run by an ebullient young man (Dev Patel). The voyagers include a widow (Judi Dench); a much divorced flirt (Celia Imrie); a sourpuss in need of a hip operation (Maggie Smith); a grizzled Don Juan (Ronald Pickup); a distinguished, gay former jurist (Tom Wilkinson); and a long-married couple (Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy). They turn an obvious idea into an emotional adventure guided by superb craftsmanship. Judi Dench delivers one of her most wide-ranging and moving performances.” (David Denby, The New Yorker)
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