Finding Your Feet is a beauty!
By Roger Childs
Britain has a wonderful array of elderly actors. Helen Mirren, Judy Dench and Maggie Smith are just some of this highly capable group. However, none of these appear in Finding Your Feet. Among those who do feature are the equally talented Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Imelda Staunton.
The title of the film comes from the meeting of these older Londoners at a weekly dancing group. The movie is in the tradition of Calendar Girls and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with a mix of sharp dialogue, intrigue, humour and changing relationships. All the major players have hang-ups and problems, not all of which are resolved.
This is a highly entertaining film which I’m sure many of you have seen: 4 stars.
Sisters re-establishing contact
Bif (Celia Imrie) lives in a rather pokey high rise apartment and hasn’t seen her sister for years. The later, Sandra, played by Imelda Staunton, is very upper crust and her husband is loaded.
However, at a function at their posh residence in the country she discovers that hubby has been playing more than just tennis with his mixed doubles partner. Sandra stalks out and tracks down her working class sibling.
The scene is now set for connections to be made through the dancing group Bif belongs to. Sandra had been a competition dancer as a child, but her snootiness makes her reluctant to join the hoipoloi at their weekly session.
What follows is the story of the melting of Sandra as she gets to know the dancing group.
Plenty of issues and quality acting
Although the movie has an uncomplicated plot and the usual misunderstandings, it touches on many social and health issues such as adultery, jealousy, dementia, cancer and sudden death.
Humour is a key feature and there is one hilarious scene where the mischievous Bif takes an African American from the dancing group home, and starts to strip off. It’s all too much for the man and his last facial expression is the picture that appears on the front of the funeral sheet.
The Oldies are in top form and their timing is superb.
The story has many twists and turns and is not as predictable as some British comedies. Director Richard Loncraine has edited the film well and keeps the story moving along.
If you haven’t seen it, entertainment is guaranteed.