844. Finding Your Feet

Title: Finding Your Feet
Director: Richard Loncraine
Year: 2017
Run time: 1hr 51m

“When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband is having an affair, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie). As a fish out of water, Sandra is at odds with her sister’s free-spirited lifestyle, until she is persuaded to join Bif’s dance class, where Bif and her friends Charlie (Timothy Spall), Jackie (Joanna Lumley) and Ted (David Hayman) show Sandra that retirement is in fact only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life and love.”

Live blog

1:55 – Look at the size of these houses!!
3:13 – Another game of ‘spot the Harry Potter actor’ coming up.
6:21 – Sort of admire people that swim in real rivers, but also think they’re crazy.
10:31 – “I expect it’s been cut off by now.” Love it! Who needs a landline?
13:49 – Was quite admiring her confidence but she went a bit far.
17:18 – “Turns out I ticked swinging instead of swimming in my list of likes.”
19:40 – Look at his van!
22:11 – She can’t have had the sad realisation already, we’re only twenty minutes in.
26:11 – Joanna Lumley stealing every scene she’s in, as per.
26:59 – Hokey Cokey as the warm up is mega.
33:45 – Woah, that took a turn.
37:34 – “Have you ever actually seen a central heating bill?” Burn.
41:07 – There’s the best before conspiracy and then there’s just common sense!
52:59 – “Perfectly okay to destroy a marriage, not okay to talk about it.”
1:06:48 – “Grinch!” “Maniac!” Best insults.
1:18:20 – Charlie is so lovely. If only he didn’t want to escape life on a boat.
1:20:31 – Little dustbin! Sounds better in Italian.
1:22:42 – “Darling, I’ve got to go because we’re on stage in… oh s**t!”
1:36:23 – “There’s nothing keeping you here anymore.” The insensitive things kids say.
1:40:23 – Like that. It’s nice and subtle. Just the scarf.
1:42:51 – “This is really boring, can’t we do Gangnam Style?”
1:46:17 – It’s honestly not that dramatic to try and catch up with a narrow boat.

Conclusions

I was expecting this to be your regularly scheduled light and fluffy older rom-com, but it was far more than that. Firstly, the entire cast were brilliant but I was particularly moved by the under-stated performance by Timothy Spall. The story was mesmerising, how all the pieces fit together and then came apart.

I was moved by the one shot of Spall putting the box with the scarf into the back of his van. Spoke volumes without saying a single word. Lovely.

Funny in places, but mostly emotional and by turns uplifting and heartbreaking. A lot, lot more interesting and far better than I thought it would be.

Rating: 4/5.