Writer-director Paul Morrison’s soft-spoken portrait of love between a couple in their later years tends towards soppiness and occasionally feels slightly stilted. Johns and Steadman don’t have that much chemistry, or at least not as much as each has with their canine companion. Nevertheless, it’s refreshing to see a film depicting late-age romance with such honesty and kindness, especially in the way it acknowledges all the baggage older people bring to relationships, such as former spouses, opinionated adult children, housing issues and performance anxiety in bed. There are also some well-observed touches, especially concerning the fleeting friendships dog-walkers make with each other and the diversity of London’s population.
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• 23 Walks is in cinemas from 25 September.