Finding Your Feet

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Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) has her prim and proper life turned upside down after discovering her husband's affair in this British rom-com co-starring Timothy Spall.

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie, Bridget Jones's Diary). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling. But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet... and romance.

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Comedy, Drama, Romance

111mins

Rating: M Offensive language, sexual references & drug use

UK

There’s an inescapable sense of déjà vu in Finding Your Feet. Sure, it breezes by and there are smiles along the way, but the whole thing’s about as novel as an old pair of socks worn every winter. Cosy, familiar, warm and dependable, but lacking novelty or surprise.

Imelda Staunton expertly plays posh, stuck-up, snob Sandra. On the eve of retirement she discovers her husband of four decades has been having an affair with her best mate. Her life imploding, Sandra exits her luxury Surrey pad and rocks up to her decidedly bohemian older sister’s down-to-earth council estate home. Cue a tale of a rich fish-out-of-water on a road to self-discovery down amongst the common folk.

As Sandra’s sister, Celia Imrie brings an off-beat, hippy-dippy charm, but the heart of the tale is the ever-excellent Timothy Spall as Charlie, a house-boat dwelling, furniture restorer, with a wife suffering from Alzheimer’s. Yes, the entire supporting cast, from Joanna Lumley to John Sessions and David Hayman are fun, interesting and sparkling with off-kilter characterisation. But, before you can say The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there’s no escaping that all-pervading sense of been-here, done-that, seen it before cinematic déjà vu.

From dance classes to a trip to Italy, Five Flights Up director Richard Loncraine delivers an affectionately sentimental film aimed squarely at the over-60s market, with little new to offer, but plenty of reliable British actors, playing colourful characters in a life-affirming tale with often entertaining scenes.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Unlikely to be hailed by anyone as a future classic. But it's a friendly and comfortable movie, recognisably human at least in spots.

The Age (Australia)

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... is far from the worst of its kind, despite a mediocre script (by Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft) that goes for easy laughs and signals every plot development well in advance.

Urban Cinefile Australia (Louise Keller)

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Bitter sweet, with a pedigree English cast, Finding Your Feet may be predictable fare, but it has a heart of solid gold.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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That this sometimes paint-by-numbers approach doesn't result in a bland, uninspired facsimile is down to the charisma and chutzpah of its leading lights.

NZ Herald (Francesca Rudkin)

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Charming, if somewhat predictable, crowd-pleaser about embracing life in your later years.

The Telegraph (UK)

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It's a promising set-up, but the story is profoundly predictable.

The Guardian (UK)

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Perhaps this film should have been a stage musical.