A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once-opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building's restoration have been greatly exaggerated. But just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel star in this uplifting comedy-drama from director John Madden (THE DEBT, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE).
"Parker's script keeps the mood determinedly upbeat....Pleasant, picturesque, proficiently played..." (Sight and Sound)
"John Madden, who directed Dench to an Oscar in SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, shows a sure hand with all his actors. Dench is a resilient marvel." (Rolling Stone)
"[I]t's a pip to see these players be so...British....The cinematography shows off the overwhelming sensory stimulation of the place..." (Entertainment Weekly)
"[A] refreshing, mature fairy tale....A delightful, droll and entertaining comedy of manners with an estimable cast..." (USA Today)
"This exceptional ensemble makes aging in exotic climes feel effortlessly real, never over-reaching, appropriately fraught. Dench in particular paints a moving portrait..." (Los Angeles Times)
"THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL brings together some of Britain's top-shelf acting treasures for a story of late-life awakenings and self-discovery in India." (Movieline)