Song for Marion – So poignant!
Having two elderly parents myself, I could really relate to this movie. It is sad, but heartwarming, and I laughed and cried. I came out of this movie feeling pensive and it was on my mind for some time thereafter.
Song for Marion is a British Comedy/drama and stars accomplished old timers, Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp, brilliantly complemented by Gemma Arterton, who all gave sterling performances.
Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) is terminally ill, but is determined not to let her ailing health get her down. Her passion in life is singing in the seniors’ choir, led by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). Arthur (Terrence Stamp) is Marion’s devoted but bitter and grumpy husband, who doesn’t like the idea of her singing in the choir but goes along with it for her sake.
Add to the mix Arthur and Marion’s son and granddaughter! Both are very close to Marion but there is visible tension between Arthur and his son and evidence of prior estrangement.
After the choir is invited to sing for a place in a major choir competition, Marion throws herself heart and soul into practicing for her solo performance of “True Colours”. She pulls it off with dignity and is hailed by everyone for her performance, but her health is deteriorating and she knows she wont be around when the big competition finally dawns.
Arthur, who strangely enough, has a lovely voice, agrees to take his wife’s place in the competition, and strikes up a bond with Elizabeth who helps him with the difficult task of carrying on after Marion’s passing.
The ensuing competition, with all its highs and lows, completes this beautiful movie and will leave you feeling fuzzy all over!
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams and produced by Ken Marshall and Philip Moross, this movie is really worth seeing. Its not a big block buster, but it’s a beautiful journey through life and death.
The movie was released on 28 June at Cinema Nouveau Theatres.