This is from an article in Entertainment Weekly
Prize Fighter: Oscar buzz for older actresses Field, Mirren, Dench reflect importance of female storytelling
Dench, as retiree and widow Evelyn Greenslade in the coming-of-age-when-older The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, hashes out a new beginning along with six other retired Brits who plunk down at a hotel in India advertised as a lower budget retirement community.
She’s vulnerable yet quietly tough in the role, dealing with finding her first job, then finally landing one training Indian telemarketers as a sort of cultural liaison (she’s broke due to her deceased husband’s debts). Dench is a master at transforming herself and she’s also a gorgeous woman, regardless of age.
The movie’s 63-year-old director John Madden, who also helmed Shakespeare in Love, was drawn to doing Exotic Marigold to showcase the lives of older people, especially women, who change as their families shift and spouses die. “I was interested in this film because it seemed to take as its subject old age, people moving to that point where they get placed in a ghetto psychologically speaking,” he told EW. “There’s a tendency to be ignored in our culture. This film was an opportunity to deal with this subject. It’s essentially a comedy, where their age doesn’t matter.”
So when it comes to Dench’s character, reinvention is necessary. That, or surrendering to loss and financial troubles, which she refuses to do.
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