I thoroughly enjoyed this remarkable movie! The plot hangs on the notion of “Outsourcing” the elderly to India. I quickly discovered that it is filled with courage, strength, and wisdom; as well as the fallibility of our innate humanity. Well laced through it all is an understanding of the ever miraculous human spirit for evolving and continuing against the winds of life. Though it is about the changes and challenges that one faces as one ages, it has a deep undercurrent of basic truths we all can learn from; the greatest of which is, “To Thine Own Self Be True.” Overall, it was very uplifting and enjoyable, for we humans at any age, are a wonder to behold!
The screenplay was written by Ol Parker and was based on the 2004 novel, “These Foolish Things” by Deborah Moggach. Bravo on this well done piece of work that provokes thought and inspires laughter and tears!
Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and Dev Patel
I love them all!
Directed by John Madden
Here are some of the “jewels” I captured that particularly touched me when I watched this deeply moving tale. These are spoken by Judi Dench, whose character journals the adventure of her new and exciting life in India.
“There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it; only a present that builds and creates itself as the past withdraws.”
“Have we traveled far enough that we can allow our tears to fall?”
“The only real failure is the failure to try. And the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment, as we always must.”
“Too scared of disappointment to start it all again, we get up in the morning. We do our best. Nothing else matters. But it’s also true that the person who risks nothing . . . does nothing, has nothing.”
“All we know about the future is that it will be different. But perhaps what we fear is that it will be the same. So we must celebrate the changes. Because as someone once said, everything will be all right in the end. And if it’s not all right, then trust me – it’s not yet the end.”
I highly recommend this truly touching story of the triumph of the human spirit!