Mrs. Ainslie: How can you bear this country? What do you see that I don't?
Graham Dashwood: Oh, the light, the colours. Smiles. And the way people see life as a privilege, and not a right. It teaches me something... .
They are, of course, talking about India.
As we reflect in the afterglow of Independence Day, I can't help but feel good about the fact that, while this may have been a conversation from a Hollywood movie, I have quite a few friends that have visited or lived here for a short while that would give some version of the above answer to that question.
But it's not just lines like these that make this film. There's the brilliant cast and their stand-out performance. There's the music by the very gifted Thomas Newman, who has scored more soundtracks than I can list here. And there's the sense of hope it provides. Here's an example:
Mrs. Greenslade: "I'm not sure what I shall do. Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected." (I would add that in India it seldom does!) Mrs. Donnelly: "Most things don't. But, you know, sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff." #thebestexoticmarigoldhotel #judidench #billnighy #devpatel #tomwilkinson #maggiesmith #lilletedubey #tinadesai #ronaldpickup #celiaimrie #thomasnewman #johnmadden #travelgoals #incredibleindia #nevertooold #nevergiveup #lifegoals #ageisjustanumber #findinglove #livealittle #itsnotoveryet #quoteoftheday