Finding Your Feet: romance, affection and memories
by Camillo De Marco
- Imelda Staunton and Timothy Spall star in a bittersweet comedy directed by Richard Loncraine, world premieres at the opening of Turin Film Festival
Finding Your Feet [+see also:
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The cast of Finding Your Feet boasts some of the most notable and experienced actors in England: the versatile Imelda Staunton and equally malleable Timothy Spall - now far more than just Mike Leigh's fetish actor – starringalongsidethem are Celia Imrie, David Hayman, John Sessions and the always magnificent Joanna Lumley. The film's title, Finding Your Feet, isabout finding yourself, unsurprisingly, and in Loncraine's comedy, which was written and produced by Nick Moorcroft and Meg Leonard, the person doing said self-discovery is the somewhat unpleasant and snobby Sandra (Imelda Staunton), an upper middle-class woman who leaves her family home, a luxurious house in Surrey, when she discovers that her husband of 40 years has had an affair with her best friend. Sandra takes refuge with her sister Bif (Celia Imrie), a 60-year-old non-conformist who lives in a popular neighbourhood diametrically opposed to her sister's world, "money and titles don’t matter here," says Bif. Sandra will meet the cheeky but charming Charlie (Timothy Spall), a furniture restorer who lives on a boat, has a cane and whose wife has Alzheimer’s.
The affectionate group of sixty somethings is somewhat reminiscent of the Marigold Hotel [+see also:
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Finding Your Feet, sold abroad by Protagonist Pictures, will be released in Italian cinemas on 4 January 2018, distributed by Valerio De Paolis’ CINEMA, while in the United Kingdom it’s scheduled to be released on 23 February 2018 by eOne.
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