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The Time of Their Lives: Bags of fun down by seaside

By Damon Smith

Unassuming housewife Priscilla (Pauline Collins) quietly marks the anniversary of her son's death, but her embittered husband Frank (Ronald Pickup) ruins the melancholic moment by sneering.

At the local supermarket, the couple argue and Priscilla temporarily escapes her misery to help another customer, Helen (Joan Collins), with her bags as she boards a coach. Unexpectedly, the doors close and Priscilla becomes an unwitting companion to Helen on a day trip to the seaside for residents of the nearby retirement home. Priscilla learns her waspish buddy is Helen Shelley, a famous Hollywood actress from the Sixties, who intends to gate-crash the funeral of her ex-lover.

The Time Of Their Lives is a sweet and inoffensive tale of reminiscence and awkward reconciliation, which allows the two leads to play to crowd-pleasing type.

Three stars

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