23 Walks
Image: Photo: Nick Wall

English comedian Dave Johns, whose award-winning breakthrough role in I, Daniel Blake brought him much accolade, returns to the screen in this charming romantic drama.

He plays the role of Dave, a retiree who meets a woman while walking his dog in the woods. Their initial meeting was not so promising when Fern (Alison Steadman) annoyingly exclaimed “put your dog on a lead!” but over the course of 23 walks, they progressively become friends and ultimately lovers.

The film explores the issues in their lives and audiences should relate to the innocence, clumsiness, and complications as their courtship flourishes.

But what secret is Dave hiding from Fern which threatens their relationship? Who is the man Dave sees escorting Fern in the woods? Can love ultimately conquer secrets and lies?

There’s plenty of drama and audiences who enjoy a good old-fashioned romance should be captivated by the storytelling which perfectly captures the very essence of friendship and love between an elderly couple.

The underlying theme is resonated through meaningful dialogue beautifully delivered by Fern – “Gotta keep making good memories… keep living while we can.” (MMo)

★★★ ½

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