"Life Doesn’t Just End After 50"
What You Need To Know:
FINDING YOUR FEET starts slowly, but it’s heartwarming and endearing due to the actors and their chemistry with each other. Most viewers will relate to each character, despite any age differences. That said, FINDING YOUR FEET has a strong Romantic, unbiblical worldview with strong pagan elements. It supports a Romantic “whatever works for you” mentality, though it also paints a liberal, bohemian lifestyle as the best way to live. FINDING YOUR FEET has lots of foul language, some lewd and immoral behavior, and alcohol and marijuana use as a means of dealing with stress or problems. Ultimately, the movie is unacceptable, despite its few positive qualities.
FINDING YOUR FEET is a British bildungsroman, a coming-of-age story, but this coming-of-age doesn’t track a teenager or young adult but rather a woman over 65. It follows the story of Lady Sandra (Imelda Staunton), who after becoming a lady due to her husband receiving a lordship for his affairs with the government, discovers that same day her husband has been having a five-year affair on her with one of her closest friends.
In this drastic wake-up call, Lady Sandra moves out and goes to the only family she has left: her older, and 10-year estranged sister, Elizabeth or “Bif” for short (Celia Imrie). Bif represents everything Lady Sandra has been groomed against in her marriage. Lady Sandra is a lady by all intents and purposes. She’s conservative, wealthy, esteemed by society, stable, always controlled, characterized by manners and propriety. Her sister on the other hand is the classic example of a liberal bohemian: free-spirited, counter-cultural, eclectic when it comes to style and belief systems, loose morals and behaviors, and, commonly associated with this lifestyle, has a more fun and a joyful life.
After Lady Sandra moves into her sister’s home, she goes into a drunken frenzy, until she finally accepts the help of her older sister to “find her feet again.” Bif tells her sister to loosen up and helps her to do so by showing an old family video, one that reveals Lady Sandra’s long-lost hobby of dancing. It so happens that “Bif” is taking a dance class with her older friends every Thursday. So, she invites her younger sister to come along. This experience brings Lady Sandra back to a past she had long-buried due to the restrictions her marriage and husband laid upon her.
Throughout the rest of the movie, the audience meets a cast of loveable characters who, through their own choices and the life served to them, choose to find joy in the little things. They choose, in the midst of loss, heartache, loneliness, and sickness, to cling together and have fun. Their camaraderie and support are found mainly through attending the dance class with one another.
FINDING YOUR FEET also sets up the age-old class struggle between the stiff, wealthy upper-class person with narrow-minded views versus the free and bohemian lower-class person with progressive attitudes. It begs several questions. Will having all the money in the world bring the most joy? What makes life most fulfilling? How does one find oneself? How can one recover when life seems irrecoverable?
FINDING YOUR FEET starts slowly and is somewhat predictable, but most viewers probably will soon find themselves relating to each character (even though they may be decades older), because their struggles aren’t uncommon to people at almost any age. Imelda Staunton gives a wonderful performance as Lady Sandra, alongside other appealing performances by Timothy Spall as Sandra’s new love interest and Celia Imrie as her bohemian, pot-smoking sister.
That said, FINDING YOUR FEET has a strong Romantic worldview with strong pagan elements. Thus, the movie supports a “whatever works for you” mentality, though it also paints a liberal, bohemian lifestyle as the truly freeing way to live. As such, it inserts some politically correct themes in its depiction of the class conflict mentioned above. In addition, marijuana is seen as a way of reducing stress. Also, alcohol is pictured as a way of coping with bad or unsettling life problems, even though Sandra clearly goes too when she uses alcohol to overcome the terrible news that her husband’s been cheating on her for five years with a friend. Finally, a few characters are portrayed as being sexually loose, and Sandra’s sister is depicted as bisexual.
Ultimately, therefore, despite its feel-good ending, FINDING YOUR FEET has an unacceptable, unbiblical Romantic worldview depicting some unacceptable behavior. However, it also encourages positive interpersonal relationships between friends and family members as well. So, it’s not totally abhorrent.