On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.
Approaching their senior years, British sisters Sandra and Bif have been estranged for ten years because of their differences. Sandra, newly minted Lady Abbott in her lawyer husband Mike Abbott having been knighted, does whatever needed to present a perfect upper crust life and marriage, including maintaining a proper decorum. Older Bif is the carefree one, living for the moment, including not caring that her council estate apartment in inner city London is a pigsty, just as long as she can find whatever she needs. While Sandra has no place for someone like Bif in her life, Bif laments what Sandra has become when she married Mike, Sandra once having had a real zest for life. When Sandra learns first hand that Mike has been having an affair for five years with one of her closest friends Pamela and eventually asks for a divorce in wanting to marry Pamela, Sandra, feeling like her planned retirement life with Mike has been pulled out from under her, turns to Bif for emotional support in ...Written by
Actor, Timothy Spall, actually owns a Dutch barge in real life. See more »
Sandra scatters Bif's ashes in the Ladies' Pond on Hampstead Heath. But ashes should not be scattered into still bodies of water like lakes, only into running water and most local authorities would not permit this. See more »
Last time I checked there wasn't an age limit on getting your leg over.
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(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
Written by Max Freedman (as Max C. Freedman), James E. Myers (as Jimmy De Knight)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
(c) 1952 Myers Music Inc. Used by kind permission from Edward Kassner Music Co. Ltd
Courtesy of MCA Records Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd. See more »
One of the best films this year
Watched this marvelous film today and although most of the audience were towards the upper age demographic and are obviously the target audience I thoroughly enjoyed the film which had plenty of humour and tears of sadness and joy. Some reviewers made comments regarding the plot development but I enjoyed the intertwining story lines which brought the whole story to the inevitable but enjoyable end. The acting was superb especially Celia Imrie , Timothy Spall and Imelda Staunton but all the rest of the cast gave a great performance. I will certainly get this film when it comes out on DVD as it is certainly worth watching again.
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