Song for Marion

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Song for Marion

Paul Andrew Williams (2012)

89min
PG Certificate
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Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave prove that it can be fun to watch old pros at work in this shamelessly "feel-good" film about life, death, love and finding a voice. You might shed a tear or two as well, though some may find it corny, manipulative and, at times, downright cringe-making. Redgrave plays Marion, who is ill with terminal cancer, but derives comfort and distraction by singing in the local pensioners' choir. Stamp co-stars as her husband, Arthur, who is caring but curmudgeonly, a man of few words and even fewer outward emotions. He's disparaging about her involvement with the choir, which is run with disarming enthusiasm by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton injecting much-needed youthful energy, as does Christopher Eccleston as Arthur's estranged son). But when tragedy strikes, it's the choir that calms Arthur's rage, allowing him to find both inner peace and a new lease of life. It's a surprisingly dyed-in-the-wool weepie from writer/director Paul Andrew Williams, who's better known for much grittier fare like London to Brighton and Cherry Tree Lane.

Summary

Premiere. A grouchy old man has always been dismissive of his wife's role in the unconventional local choir. When she is diagnosed with a terminal illness and is no longer able to sing, he reluctantly agrees to take her place, a decision that dramatically changes his life and helps him through the hard times to come. Comedy drama, with Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Eccleston.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Terence Stamp
Marion Vanessa Redgrave
James Christopher Eccleston
Elizabeth Gemma Arterton
Brenda Anne Reid
Doctor Calita Rainford
Charlie Ram John Holder
Bill Bill Thomas
Jennifer Orla Hill
Sujatha Taru Devani
Director Paul Andrew Williams
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment One Guidance: Some swearing and sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 22 Feb 2013

Comedy Drama

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