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Eye of the Optimist-film review, 2nd Marigold Hotel

I happened upon the film sequel, "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" on Youtube and really enjoyed it. I recommend it as entertainment, art, social relevancy and a positive thinking piece. The subject is serious and relevant, although the treatment is lighthearted, seeing the comedy in the situation.

In case you have not seen the original movie of the same title sans the word "Second", here's the gist of it. It is about a collection of British seniors who are finding financial difficulty, arriving at a life crossroads, and feeling the blues. Each for their own reasons and according to their own circumstances finds her/himself at a newly opened seniors' hotel in India. A local small scale entrepreneurial family follows a youngest son's interest in renovating a picturesque old building and turning it into a hotel for foreigners. We get to know all the guests and their predicaments, attitudes and travails and how some of them come to terms.

The sequel involves the same characters and takes viewers to the point where the family proprietors have an opportunity to expand the business by purchasing a second hotel. They need financial backing, though. The opportunity comes up when the youngest son, now the manager of the first hotel, is about to be married. The original guests are still there, making a success of their experience and even getting employment, to their own amazement. They continue through their journey of life transition to resolve further issues.

I raise this topic here because it fits in with my general message and touches on my own situation. Indeed, I began my investigation and discussion of positive thinking in late 2013 because I was struggling with unresolved matters and experience the blues incumbent with life abroad and aging. This film takes a positive outlook on aging in the contemporary Western context and reveals one cause for West to East migration. The hotel guests from the UK find life financially more manageable in India, and create their own place where they are welcomed and can thrive. The movie thus shows that people can keep on living and enjoy new experiences and challenges well into their 70s. They learn to reap benefits out of the difficulties of living abroad and aging.

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