Palm Springs Intl Film Festival: Audience Award
British comedy at its very best. A absolute joy to watch. It made me happy and then broke my heart and then made me happy again. Such a lovely movie with excellent & beautiful performances all round and laughs-a-plenty. Not laugh out loud but subtle comedy with more than a few emotional twists along the way.
…finds its own footing by putting its trust in its sturdy performers and avoiding many of the usual tea-time clichés.
Comfort food for the young at heart, Richard Loncraine’s movie is as cozy as old slippers and as familiar as the British character actors who populate its London locations.
When “Lady” Sandra Abbott 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. The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs at the moment, and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to a community dance class, where she starts finding her feet.
Lots of different relatrionships in here, at different levels – but the relationship that may most strike a chord is the one between the two polar-opposite sisters, who manage to reunite and recall happy memories from the past just in the nick of time. The film allows its British cast to be defined by their relatable human circumstances more than quaint Anglo quirks. Basically, growing old is a bitch but doing it with others can ease much of the distress.
UK 2017, 106 min, rated M (drug use, sexual references & offensive language)
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions & Joanna Lumley