by Anura Guruge
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>> “The Boxtrolls”
>> “The Sessions”
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>> ‘Hyde Park On Hudson’
>> ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’
>> ‘The Other Son’ etc
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I will readily confess, what drew me to this movie, which I had never heard of before, was it ‘marigold’ poster which looked so much like that of ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ — a movie that we adored. I know that the sequel ‘Marigold Hotel II’ is out and I am keeping an eye for it on Amazon Prime Video. That is basically how I found this easy-to-enjoy, set in France, ‘Chocolat‘-with curry. As soon as we saw that it was meant to be an Indo-comedy — with Helen Mirren — we were sold. It was NOT (at least last week) included for free as Amazon Prime. We had to rent it. We watched the trailer, heard one of the Indian jokes, and decided that it was well worth the $6.
It was fun. Incongruous. A one-star Michelin restaurant where everybody insists on talking in English. It is, in the end, more of a heartwarming skill, talent and love will always prevail movie as opposed to a genuine comedy. Easy on the eye and you can literally smell the delicacies being concocted.
Definitely worth watching if you like European comedies starring Indians and with an Indian twist. We enjoyed it.