On the week that we were meant to be in England the sweet little English film 23 Walks was my weekend review, so luckily I still managed to have my London fix.This film is aimed at the over 40’s and contains many things I love; walking, romance, kindness and….dogs, lots of lovely dogs.It’s not fast paced…. but if you are after a gentle watch with beautiful scenes of that green English countryside, then this just might be the film for you. I know I loved this unexpected journey.
23 Walks is a heart warming comedy drama about finding love later in life. It was written and directed by Paul Morrison. It tells the story of Dave and Fern, two older strangers who have been bruised by their individual circumstances.They meet walking their dogs in a North London park , and over 23 walks their love blossoms. But Dave and Fern haven’t been completely honest with each other and their future together may be threatened by the secrets they have withheld.
Fern is played by Alison Steadman. She was wonderful in the role. The character of Fern moved from being wary of Dave, to becoming friends, being cautious through the misunderstandings and ups and downs of their relationship to finally being open enough to allow love into her life. Alison’s acting was measured and believable.
Alison has won many awards including the 1991 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress for the film, Life Is Sweet and also the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her role as Mari in Rise and Fall of Little Voice. She has appeared in many films including, Shirley Valentine and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Dave was played by Dave Johns, an English comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his breakthrough role as Daniel Blake in the 2016 film, I, Daniel Blake. He will next appear in Blithe Spirit. He played the role of Dave with humour and tenderness. Both actors were very comfortable in their roles. Their performances were seemingly effortless and as gentle as the rolling hills all around them.
23 Walks is a film that reminds us that there is no use by date on romance and that we all deserve companionship and love in our lives. It’s a lovely film which is certain to brighten your day and remind you of the beauty of the English countryside. This sweet romance is in cinemas from July 30.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).