No Budget Goes to the Movies: Finding your Feet Review
Laugh out loud and genuinely moving with an ensemble of acting legends, Finding Your Feet is a real treat.
Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley sporting a mop of bright grey hair, Finding Your Feet is an uplifting comedy with real heart.
At a party celebrating her husband’s MBE Sandra (Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband Mike has been having an affair with her best friend Pamela for the past five years. Enraged by her discovery she packs up and leaves. With nowhere else to go she moves in with her estranged sister Bif (Celia Imrie) into her small council flat. Bif leads a bohemian lifestyle in contrast to the rich, comfortable world that Sandra is more used to. After getting arrested for an altercation at a Chinese restaurant Sandra begins to reflect on her life. She gradually softens and is encouraged by Bif to join her at her weekly active retired dance class. At the class she meets a colourful crew of characters and takes a particular shine to antiques dealer Charlie Glover (Timothy Spall). The bond between the sisters grows and Sandra rediscovers a spark for life which was missing in her marriage.
It was lovely to see these acting legends on the screen together with their presence elevating an otherwise painting by numbers script. However, at times I did find the story quite predictable and a bit self-aware of its own material. The night I went to the screening there were a lively bunch of active retirees in the cinema who laughed and clapped so it made for a great atmosphere. Despite the films predictability the laugh out loud and the genuinely moving moments make Finding Your Feet a real treat.
Finding Your Feet is released in cinemas nationwide on February 23rd.
Review by Claire Millane, a Dublin based actor writer and one of the presenters of No-Budget.