While older age might be a late time to be finding your feet, this film reminds us that many men and women discover that they have been stuck in life and need to make a new beginning. Source: ACOFB.
Finding Your Feet is a British film, with very British characters and situations for the young at heart, if not young in age.
Imelda Staunton plays Sandra, relishing that her husband of 35 years, former police chief (John Sessions) has now been knighted. She loves the idea of being a Lady. But, at the celebratory party, she makes a dreadful discovery, resulting in the need for her new beginning.
She has not seen her older, free-spirited sister Bif (Celia Imre) for 10 years. Her friend Charlie (Timothy Spall) lives on houseboat in a London canal alongside his mate, David Heymann. Charlie does all kinds of odd jobs, especially helping out Bif. He has to help out Sandra at one stage but she is extraordinarily rude to him.
There is quite a deal of pathos when we discover that Charlie’s wife suffers from severe Alzheimer's, is in a home that Charlie could pay for by selling their family home and his living on the houseboat. The scenes between the two, where she not only does not recognise him but rejects him, is very sad, an alert about the impact of Alzheimer’s.
Bif and Charlie go to a local club, mainly for the oldies, where they are encouraged to do all kinds of dancing. Sandra, who danced when she was little, is resistant but she joins in. Another friend at the club is one of those sophisticated English women who has had several husbands and perhaps talks like Joanna Lumley. Actually, here she is played by Joanna Lumley.
The dance group does a charity performance in the middle of London. They are captured on video, put on YouTube and receive an invitation to perform in Rome, all expenses covered. The characters are happy to go to Rome but the film isn't all sweetness and light. Sandra is still bitter about her husband despite her urgings from her daughter and grandson. Charlie faces the terrible fact that his wife has gone from his life. Bif has some pains in her back.
Lots of interactions that will entertain the target audience but maybe a bit remote and/or tedious for other audiences. Although children of older parents may find this film worthwhile watching and thinking about their parents' future.
– Reviewed by Peter Malone MSC, ACOFB.
Finding Your Feet: Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Celia Imre, John Sessions, David Haymon, Josie Lawrence. Directed by Richard Loncraine. 110 mins.
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