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|Original title:||Finding your feet|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2017|
|Running time:||Ca. 111 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) has achieved in her life exactly what she always dreamed of. With her husband Mike (John Sessions), a newly retired police officer of the highest honors, she enjoys prosperity and now also a title of nobility. But the time as Lady Sandra is soon over when she discovers that Mike has been cheating on her with her best friend for quite some time. Standing in front of the broken pieces of her life, Sandra moves to her sister Bif (Celia Imrie), who leads such a completely different life. With her unconventional attitude to life, Bif tries to cheer up her snobbish sister, but at first she doesn't want to succeed. It is only when she can persuade Sandra to accompany her to her dance group that the starting shot could be fired for a change in Sandra's life - as long as she succeeds in bringing her old life to an end…
"Dance into Life" is a nice comedy about the fact that even at an advanced age it can still pay off to summon up the courage for drastic changes. Director Richard Loncraine has put together a great ensemble for the charming story of dancing pensioners, led by Imelda Staunton, who is quite different from her appearances in the "Harry Potter" movies in that she is very lovable here - at least as soon as she has shed her snobby behaviour. The good actors and some really nice moments make sure that "Dance into Life" leads its target group safely across the floor.
However, it must also be said that the film does not take any risks. He dramaturgically follows a clear pattern that has often been tried. Everything is extremely predictable and thus unfortunately also completely unpleasant. Unfortunately, this also leads to the characters appearing more like classic genre stereotypes and having nothing "real" about them. Admittedly, this point of criticism would seem much more difficult in films with other subjects than in a light-footed comedy. But nevertheless, here and there one would have wished for a little more courage to be independent in order to be offered even more than something one has seen countless times before.
But to just switch off, feel good and leave the cinema with a light smile on your face, "Dance into Life" is the right film. Those who want just that and no longer expect anything more will be offered a large portion of joie de vivre for their money. And in spite of all justified criticism, there is also a clear one: Worth seeing!
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