"Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end."
The movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011" is a giant step above other wanna be Travel Movies. It is outstanding, this is the essence of real travel explained with humor, manners and insight.
If you want to reinvent your life, this movie is pointing the path, for young or old, the path is the same. This is not Gap Year, it is the real colors of travel, shown as when acceptance of an uncomfortable culture leads to living and thriving again.
I am a Traveler.
How do I weigh and measure a Travel Movie? I will put up a series of views of the movie, and explain how the are checked off. Each picture represents a unique identifier of what is travel.
Travel must be uncomfortable, it is required, it is normal, anything less than discomfort is a vacation. When one leaves the comfort of their own culture, and enters a new one, they start a new life, some adapt, and many run for cover. The Exotic Marigold Hotel is a movie showing how other cultures endear themselves in exotic idiosycratic ways, at first you hate them, and the next day you realize you are addicted, and you can never return home the same, you have changed.
The Epiphany - The two side of a coin.The businessman listening to a speech in England, the lawyer, the sudden realization that it is hopeless for him to appreciate this life he is living. This person in the movie has an awakening, then he makes the leap, an illogical jump, and decides to go abroad to search for something better, yet, he is not sure why.
Economic RefugeeA real estate agent is showing them where they can live until the die, it is inadequate, and a bore. They do not have enough money to live in England and feel adequate, they move to India to live a life of luxury. They travel from a country where the cost of living is too high to enjoy life, to country where the same amount of money makes them rich.
Medical Tourism introduced, this woman is going to India, she is not going willingly, but she will become addicted to being out.
The realization that she has never done anything in her life worth doing, and the attempt to block her son from stopping her from trying.
Forced to be friends, forced to accept others as they are, not as you want them, this group learns to need friendship.
She is afraid, she is going to enter a new world, a new culture and ask the man,"Are we going to be OK?""No, we are going to be extroardinary."
The realization that anyone can travel, because regardless of the dangers, the excitement, the agony, everyone makes it to the destination. We all are capable of traveling the world.
I want to stay in another Hotel, the one in the brochure. There is a realization that 99 percent of tourist information is just a lie, a misrepresentation, an some say ok, and make the best, and others have total culture shock.
She says, "I am in Hell," she is realizing she is not in Kansas, that she is a foreigner, and all the rules of conduct, and life have changed.
She walks into the wrong place, this shows how the serendiptuous solutions come knocking at our door, we do not need to force life to happen.
The epiphany, that these boys are not poor, they happy and rich.
Why must you mock me, I want to love, to be loved, if only for one night in my life, the search for love and intimacy.
The Travelers Interview, the greeting on the road, when two people meet, and not insane, they compare notes, respect, and become aquaintances.
The end of the pretentious life, and the beginning of the real, and vital existence, he says to the woman,"I am Norman, and I am lonely."
This man is about to fix his own toilet, to do something needed in life, to get the rush of being real, he says,"I thought I might fix it myself."
This is when the foreigner becomes the tourist attraction.
Being offered food you do not want to eat, but do eat for fear of insulting.
Walking away negotiations, that does not always work, we must adapt.
The vendor fails to follow, so they must return and pay the asking price.
We want to trust, we want to believe they are looking out for our best interest.
Have we traveled far enough, that we can allow our tears to fall?
Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.
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