Song For Marion we
see how true love will last a lifetime and will change you when you
expect it. Arthur (Terence Stamp) and Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) are an
married couple who are quite clearly the centre of each other’s world.
is gravely ill and her greatest thrill in life is participating in a
pensioners, led by young music teacher, Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). As
gets weaker and weaker, Arthur feels himself drifting towards this
of people and singing turns into his unlikely coping mechanism when his
wife leaves this world.
promoted as being a film which everyone can find relatable. Well, this
pretty much true because it appeals to you if you are a husband or a
father or a mother, a son or daughter, a grandparent or a grandchild.
thing is that this doesn’t necessarily mean is that it will be
of tea. The film is actually quite confronting as it brings our
perspective. The very morbid thought that you leave Song
For Marion with is that the day will come when you lose
someone you love and will have to deal with it. It is a very morbid
one which you don’t want to think about too much because it is really a
depressing one. It is no surprise that this film is very teary and sad
the other hand though, there are some very funny moments
throughout the film. It doesn’t make what is depressing about the film
depressing, but it saves Song For Marion
from being just being a confronting film. The members of the choir are
very funny. There is beauty in the way that the OAPZ embrace everything
they do and find no negativity or protest. Their rendition of “Ace Of
by Motorhead is especially funny.
script is very well written by director, Paul Andrew Williams.
Although Song For Marion is quite
predictable and does have the expected clichés of a film like this,
clichés aren’t made overtly obvious. Nor is it corny at all. The script
just the right balance of everything to make it naturally emotional as
it isn’t even trying to be.
Stamp is truly wonderful in his role as the seemingly
grumpy Arthur. His performance is very subtle, yet so moving and
performance is done more through what you see on screen rather than
says. Vanessa Redgrave is also just divine as Marion. The chemistry
Stamp and Redgrave is brilliant. They really seem like a couple who
have loved each
other for so long, and even though they have their tough moments you
how raw and natural their love is. Gemma Arterton is lovely and
Eccleston is also very good. Orla Hill, who plays Arthur and Marion’s
granddaughter is gorgeous and her youth and bright outlook on life is
wonderful because it is not a complicated film, nor a forced one. It
so naturally with waves of emotion and laughs in all the right places.
It is one
of those films that makes you appreciate the ones you love because you
know how long you will have them for.