finding your feet
Director: richard loncraine (firewall, Wimbledon)
Starring: imelda staunton, celia imrie, timothy spall, and joanna lumley
REVIEWER: lyall carter
When Sandra discovers that her husband of 40 years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif who drags her along to her community dance class.
In recent years the film industry has realised that there is not only a completely untapped market of an audience of a more senior nature but that they also want top quality films as well. Finding Your Feet follows in the footsteps of such films as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Hampstead and is a toe tapping, feel good time.
Sandra's (Imelda Stauton) mundane world is turned upside down when she discovers that her husband has been having an affair. With nowhere else to go she heads to her sister Bif’s (Celia Imrie) house in London who insists that she accompanies her to a local dance class. There she meets Charlie (Timothy Spall) and life begins again for her as she learns to embrace all the new opportunities that she faces.
Although the story does involve the local dance class doing a charity dance which leads them to perform in Rome, dance isn't at the forefront of Finding Your Feet like Billy Elliot or The Full Monty. Dance is very much the backdrop to the stories of these characters as they learn to navigate the chuckles and loss that people in that stage of life must learn to endure.
As you would expect from such a renowned and experienced cast, their performances are all first class led ably by the wonderful Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie. Timothy Spall is terrific as Charlie a sarcastic but broken repair man.
Finding Your Feet is a delight that will make you all warm and cozy like a pair of well worn slippers and a nice hot cup of tea.