- Rachel Walker
- 7 August 2018
Moving and feel-good comedy about an unlikely friendship
The premise of Vicki Sargent's Old Souls is a simple one: an unlikely friendship blossoms between two disparate individuals. Insular, introverted, Bake Off-loving Rosie signs up for a scheme to befriend the elderly, looking for a way to replicate her friendship with her Nan. Despite her perfectly created 'old lady' living room, pleasingly caustic Vera – a former dancer who is imprisoned in her house due to chronic arthritis – is not what Rosie expects; Vera swears frequently, drinks Irish coffee, and wishes she could go clubbing.
Predictable but charming, Old Souls is at its heart an exploration of the universality of friendship and the need to grasp onto experience to lead a fulfilled life. The friendship between Rosie and Vera is heartwarming, with the usual exchange of life lessons; imposter syndrome and the fear that accompanies any life development are dealt with eloquently and cheerfully, and the consideration of the possible loneliness of old age is moving but sympathetic.
Although the humour – which mostly consists of Vera rolling her eyes at Rosie's dullness – has the potential to become repetitive, the result is instead entertaining and upbeat, Rosie's anxious naivety forming the perfect foil to Vera's acerbic wit.
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