|Duration||1h 51m||Rating (UK)||12A|
|Source of story||An original screenplay|
|Writers/Script||Meg Leonard, Nick Moorcroft|
|Starring||Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman, John Sessions, Josie Lawrence, Indra Ové|
Elevator Pitch: At a big party in their enormous house Mike Abbott announces his knighthood, but during the party his wife Sandra comes across him snogging another woman in the garage. Hence she leaves to house and goes to stay with her estranged sister who lives in a council flat and is a free spirit. Sandra is depressed at first but is gradually prised out of her shell and joins a dancing class where she meets Charlie. He has his own problems, having sold his house to pay for his wife’s care since she has dementia. When Mike her ex asks her to return to the fold saying he has learnt his lesson what is she to do?
Content: We see Sandra at the garden party where her husband is celebrating his knighthood, but almost instantly she is relocated to her sister’s council flat, which is cluttered. They go swimming in Hamstead Ponds and go dancing at the dancing class. There is a lot of dancing, ending up with a large group on stage in Rome, because someone has seen them performing on the street in London. Charlie has a van and lives on a narrow boat, both items having a part in the plot, but when he reveals to Sandra that his wife is actually in care, not dead, their relationship changes.
A View: When you see the cast, especially if you are British, you will know what you are going to get, and so this outing is unlikely to disappoint. I have always been a bit of a sucker for well rehearsed dancing and it’s there in spades. There are various events that tug at the heartstrings. The film was said to have cost about $5 million so it made money. If you liked “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” you’ll like this, so easily a watch for nothing. You don’t even have to pay attention.
Additional Info: This is one of only 28 films released in the Welsh language.