Song for Marion

  • PG
  • Paul Andrew Williams (2012)
  • UK / Ger
  • 89 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave. Married pensioners Arthur and Marion are soulmates but polar opposites - she's a lover of life and keen member of the local choir, he's an old curmudgeon with no interest in her hobby. However, when Marion is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Arthur grudgingly has to become more involved.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Paul Andrew Williams

Other Information

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