The Gay Man In Marigold Hotel! Discuss

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I had avoided seeing The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel because the trailer looked so awful, but it's a hit, so I checked it out and found it pretty charming (except for the young couple's love story and all the platitudes).

It's basically Enchanted April, Cocoon, and Love Actually meet Slumdog Millionaire on the road to A Passage To India, if you get my drift, but amusingly done.

And there's a gay character.

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

The excellent Tom Wilkinson (In The Bedroom, Michael Clayton) plays him, and he turns out to be another of those screen gays that dies.

[Think Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Colin Firth, Christopher Plummer, etc. etc.]

This character is a retired British judge who is gay "in theory more than in practice."

He's terribly rusty at it, in fact.

See, he ages ago had a male lover in India, but they got caught and that caused trouble, sending both into lives of self-denial.

And now Tom has come back to India for one last chance to find the guy, which he does, giving him a big old hug as the wife looks on bitterly.

Having done what he set out to do--in between telling everyone for miles "I'm gay"--Tom promptly croaks.

Oy.

Oh, well. At least he dies happy (and out).

And at least his plotline is a comment on the poignancy of the closet.

But still. Give us some gay men that live, movieland!

Lord knows every other character gets to not only find happiness, but to continue breathing in order to enjoy it.


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9 comments
corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

Perhaps you think feel good crap qualifies as a movie. I'd hardly call that a movie.

eclecticlight
eclecticlight

Yikes, it is  movie.  But thanks for raising my consciousness, puts Hamlet and even the Wild Bunch in a totally different light.  Good to know.

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

"(It´s another culture. There are different reasons to get married beside love/sexual attraction.)" Yeah, like being Mormon.

Sheboygun
Sheboygun

There's a very clear shot of the wife looking very pained as they hug. 

Me
Me

>giving him a big old hug as the wife looks on bitterly. I have to disagree. The Wife did know who he was and was happy to see him. She know that her husband was gay and he told him about Tom. (It´s another culture. There are different reasons to get married beside love/sexual attraction).

Topsyturvy8
Topsyturvy8

The gay man MUST die so the straights can face truths about their own lives and live happily ever after.

Jean
Jean

All those tired old people and he's the one who has to die??? Pathetic.

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