If it’s not alright, it must not be the end.”
Do you believe that?
That ‘s the line that weaves its way through and defines, the movie, “The Best, Exotic, Marigold Hotel”- this week’s movie in our Sacred Journey series. It’s a charming movie that raises some tough questions.
Life is definitely not “alright” for the characters in the movie.
They have arrived in India (not because it was on their Bucket List but because they had no choice). They are retirees and none of them could afford the care and housing back home. No one wanted them. As sick and elderly, they were "outsourced" to India. They are lured by the prospect of a grand, luxury hotel in which they might retire, have surgeries, convalesce and perhaps, live out their days in comfort. They arrive only to find that reality doesn’t “quite” match up with the brochure.
Kind of like life.
Some Tough Questions
Beneath this warm and witty film, are some harsh realities. The world is a hard place and seems to be bound in futility. Aging is the pits. Bodies breakdown. People become feeble and frail. Cancer, strokes, heart disease and Alzheimer's are real. Marriages fail and families disappoint.
Forget the hotel, what happens when Life doesn’t match expectations? What do you do when you find you are checked into “The Best Exotic Marigold Life?” What do you do when things are not alright?
See you Sunday!