Finding Your Feet

Film, Comedy
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Finding Your Feet

Good-hearted, this British comedy-drama marries evergreen talent with some broad comedy beats.

Comfort is a word that keeps coming to mind while watching Richard Loncraine’s lovely comedy. Comfort in watching a story holds almost no surprises, but goes everywhere you want it to. Comfort in watching actors with decades of experience playing comedy and tragedy without a hint of strain. Comfort in constant optimism in the face of divorce, sickness, financial hardship and death. It is a simple, touching story that is sweetly, undemandingly entertaining. It would be very easy to pick holes in it but it doesn’t give you much reason to want to.

Imelda Staunton, an actress who wears her brilliance very lightly, plays Sandra. Sandra’s husband, Mike (John Sessions), has just been made a Lord and is about to retire. Finally, he and Lady Sandra can have the retirement she’s always planned, swanning around the world. Catching Mike in the arms of his mistress/her best friend (Josie Lawrence) throws that plan out the window, so Sandra packs her bags and storms off to live with her estranged sister, Biff (Celie Imrie). Biff lives for the day; Sandra’s been living for a day that will never come. They reconnect, Sandra loosens up and life begins again at dance classes with lively locals (including Joanna Lumley and Timothy Spall). You can see where it’s going.

For all its obvious jokes (Viagra: check; sagging boobs: check) and broad character sketches (bohemian Biff is bisexual and doesn’t understand technology), it’s so well played that all its characters fill out and all its emotional beats land. Even if the end is visible from miles away, you’ll almost certainly still weep buckets and feel a warm glow when it comes.

By: Olly Richards

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday February 23 2018
Duration:
111 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Richard Loncraine
Screenwriter:
Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard
Cast:
Imelda Staunton
Joanna Lumley
Timothy Spall

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As comforting as your oldest, softest slippers and as reassuring as the sight of your front door on a cold dark night, this is a film that I missed in the cinema largely because it seemed to be targeted solely at the grey pound audience but which was absolutely spot on for an afternoon sofa bound by the lurgy.


Familiar story-lines and even more familiar faces, there is little that will surprise here except for maybe just how sweet & charming it is, washing over you in a gentle wave of almost nostalgic love for the city of London and the actors bringing their characters to life in front of her and you. The brilliant Imelda Staunton is the buttoned-up Sandra, forced to find her way afresh after being unceremoniously dumped by the husband whose needs she has put first for the past several decades. The brilliant Celia Imrie is her free-spirited sister Bif, a gal who swims on Hampstead pond, who takes dance classes and who can't work a mobile phone. You'll be sensing already that characterisation here is hardly subtle and everyone is exactly who you expect and does precisely what you imagine but the thing is, they all do it so well that it would be churlish to grump about it. 


The brilliant (are you sensing a theme here?) Timothy Spall & David Hayman are both equally hilarious & heart-breaking and make no mistake, colour-by-numbers it may be but that won't stop a couple of scenes wrenching your heart in the most honest of ways. It'll also make you want to call your parents. You should. Go call them now.


You know who you're rooting for and you know how the final scenes are going to play out but if the ending doesn't make you want to run away and have an adventure because life's just too short not to, check your pulse because it might just be too late for you.