John P. Harvey
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
The output of director Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One and Only, 5 Flights Up), though intermittent, has consistently attracted outstanding acting talent. And in finding your Feet, his most recent, he’d done so again with his stellar leads.
When Sandra (Staunton), who has acquired snobbery along with a title by marriage to a lord, discovers her husband of thirty years in the arms of her best friend, she packs herself up and lands herself on her bohemian sister, Bif (Imrie). Initially treating everyone she meets, including Bif and her friend Charlie (Spall), as social inferiors, Sandra finds herself in relationships depending less on social status than on character, sensitivity, and being real.
Sandra joins her sister in a dance class; Charlie, who treated her initial pomposity with the indifference it deserved, finds himself partnering her, and the class itself, after a brave flashmob performance, receives (if one suspends disbelief just a little) an international performance opportunity. And from there, the lives of all take a new turn.
There’s a lot to this tale and how subtly it’s enacted. This is no American hit-em-over-the-head-with-it-all. But even without violence, car chases, anything very illegal, melodrama, or even strong language, the tale is compelling, because its leads let us see so well into their inner lives and struggles. Its events are less explicitly transactional than implicitly transformative. Absorption of its underlying meaning requires the blotting-paper texture of experience that only life, hardship, and maturation can bring to the viewer’s soul; with that caveat, it’s a movie that the discerning viewer will savour for some time.
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley
Palace Electric cinemas