Upon catching hubby in the arms of her best friend, snooty ‘Lady’ Sandra (Imelda Staunton) hops a train to bunk with the commoner sister (Celia Imrie) she hasn’t seen in years. A sideways glance at the poster was all it took before I began to wave away the stink of flop sweat prompted by visions of Boynton Beach Club Bucket Listers waking grumpy old Ned Devine to fry up a batch of green tomatoes at the best exotic Marigold Hotel. Feet will eventually stumble in the direction of the cutes, but director Richard Loncraine manages to skip past the intersection of saccharine-glazed and ham-fisted. If the actors appear to effortlessly deliver the goods, it’s because at one time or another — and in various shufflings — they have all performed together before. When given the chance (which is always), the cast unlocks moments that are so intimate and naturally detailed, you would swear that the actors had no idea the cameras were rolling. With Timothy Spall. (2018) — Scott Marks
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