Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
The film opens with Sandra, Lady Abbott (Imelda Staunton) celebrating her husband's (John Sessions with a Welsh accent) retirement from the police force as Chief Constable after forty years of marriage.
It all goes horribly wrong when she discovers he's been having an affair with her best friend for the past five years.
She storms off from her mansion in Surrey to her estranged sister, Bif (Celia Imrie) who she hasn't seen for years in tower block London.
The two, one stiff, married, snobbish and dull, the other free-spirited, open-minded and accepting, don't really have a lot in common to start with, except shared memories of childhood.
Sandra gradually, over the months, begins to thaw in the warmth of Bif's affection and she joins in with Bif and her friends in dance lessons, becoming close to Charlie (Timothy Spall).
The group of friends, all in their 60s, are warm, supportive, naughty and endearing. Proof that life doesn't end with youth.
As Bif puts it - 'It's one thing being scared of dying, it's a whole different thing being afraid of living'
The movie is charming, touching, inspirational, aspirational, heart-warming and very funny indeed. Shot in some of the most iconic spots in London and Rome, the movie is life-affirming and proof, if proof were needed, that it's never too late to take a leap of faith.