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Film review: Finding Your Feet

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A middle-class, judgmental snob in her mid-60s, Sandra (beautifully portrayed by Imelda Staunton), discovers that her husband has been having an affair with her best friend in the entertaining British comedy ‘Finding Your Feet’.

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Sandra flees the house and moves in with her estranged bohemian sister Bif (also brilliantly played by Celia Imre), who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

At first, Sandra resents everything about her sister – including her friends and the way she lives – but she lets go of her anger and resentment and reluctantly learns to like a different way of life.

In many ways, Finding Your Feet (directed by revered British director Richard Loncraine) is full of clichés: about the divide between the unhappy rich and the happy poor, as well as about what it means to be ageing. Still, I found myself caring for the characters and chuckling at times.

Joanna Lumley is glowingly good as Bif’s friend Jackie, who has had five husbands. Timothy Spall is also good as Charlie, the guy who convinces Sandra that perhaps she might enjoy dancing the way she used to as a child.

There are some unrealistic moments, particularly when the elderly dance group is invited to perform and is a hit on stage in Rome. The best moments are the small ones, especially between the sisters, as they negotiate their newfound intimacy.

For a bit of light entertainment with a deeper message about enjoying life here and now, Finding Your Feet works well but I doubt that it’s a film that will stay with people when the lights come back on.

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