Saturday, February 24, 2018

Finding your feet

Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, John Sessions, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, Sian Thomas

Rather well to do, Sandra (Imelda Staunton), discovers after thirty odd years of marriage, her retired police commissioner husband has been having an affair with her best friend, Sandra abandons her Surrey home and seeks out the company of older and somewhat estranged sister, Bif (Celia Imrie) who lives in a London Council flat. Sandra gradually begins to face the reality of starting over as well as rediscovering the simple joys of living. Encouraged to join a local seniors’ dance group she socialises with a motley crew of interesting characters all growing old disgracefully. Gradually life in her sister’s council flat begins to pick up and Sandra and Charlie (Timothy Spall), tentatively start a platonic relationship. Charlie’s wife (Sian Thomas) is in the late stages of senile dementia and lives in care facility but Sandra is reluctant to commit to another serious relationship. When the dance group receive a surprise invitation to perform in Rome, life takes over. A sweet mix of humour and pathos merge to leave you with tears rolling down your cheers, so bring a box of tissues.

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