Finding Your Feet and the Lydian Scale

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Story by John Snelson

This is a fun movie.

At the start, Sandra Abbott (played by Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband in an intimate moment with one of her erstwhile best friends.

She decides to move out and, full of shame and embarrassment, finds her sister Bif (Celia Imrie) who lives a somewhat hippy and bohemian lifestyle in a small flat in the poorer suburbs.  Her sister lives for today, a carefree life focused more on the doing things that are fun than a life that reflects who you are, how much money you may have, what car you drive or what your name is.

Timothy Spall – Image may be subject to Copyright – Source Landmark Cinemas

Our heroine struggles at first in mixing with her new “friends”, one of whom Charlie (Timothy Spall) lives in some poverty on his narrowboat on the Thames, having recently sold his house in order to take care of his wife, who is fast succombing to the final stages of Alzheimers.  Charlie drives a beautifully old Bedford van that has seen better days. Yes, it’s a crock.

I really like Timothy Spall and rate him as a exceptionally good character actor;  he has a face that has been trodden on a million times and a warmth that is infectious.

The new life is difficult with its spontaneity and youthful abandon, including the dance classes her sister tempts her to join – with music that enriches the soul, gets our heroine “in the mood” and dancing, reliving her childhood ambitions and talent as a bit of a shaker and mover and yes, a dancer who knows how to party.  The music in the film nearly had me doing The Cavern Stomp in the aisles. They were the days.

The music includes Rock Around the Clock, Chantilly Lace, Rockin’ Robin,  Stone Cold Funk,  Where Do You Go To My Lovely, In the Mood, Fuzzy Duck and Running To the Future.  Good stuff.

On the dance floor, Sandra gets to know Timothy Spall who on the face of it, is “a bit rough” but has a heart of gold – and Oh Boy, can he jive.

Joanna Lumley just plays a background role, but is as whimsically posh and  ambrosial as ever.

Finding Your Feet is a heartwarming comedy that can bring tears to the eyes, and just proves that it is never too late and it’s not over until it’s over.

Reminds me of that song by the Baby Animals “Warm Bodies” …. and that line “don’t be afraid that life will end, be afraid it won’t begin“.  Give this short bit of film a listen. 

Dave Leslie introduces the song “Warm Bodies” with his Lydian Scale.  It’s an interesting story and the song is just sort of wonderful.

I digress.  Get out and see this really good British comedy and loving story, you’ll come home happy I know : Finding Your Feet at your cinemas now.