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Song for Marion 2012

Song for Marion is a heartwarming comedic drama following shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur as he is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life.

Starring:
Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave
Runtime:
1 hour, 33 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Paul Andrew Williams
Starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave
Supporting actors Gemma Arterton, Barry Martin, Taru Devani, Anne Reid, Elizabeth Counsell, Ram John Holder, Denise Rubens, Arthur Nightingale, Jumayn Hunter, Christopher Eccleston, Orla Hill, Bill Thomas, Willie Jonah, Calita Rainford, Federay Holmes, Calum Sivyer, Alan Ruscoe, Sally Ann Matthews
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Terence Stamp, in a near career-best performance, stars in this heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting film concerning a pensioner who finds difficulty connecting with other people, including his son, Christopher Eccleston. Vanessa Redgrave, in one her best latter day performances, plays Stamp's wife who is dying. Later, after some soul searching, it is through her memory and the gradual guidance of young music teacher, Gemma Arteton, in a lovely performance, that finally draws Stamp out of his shell and take up where his wife left off, performing with a group of musical OAP's. Being receptive to 'gentle' entertainment, i found myself totally immersed in what unfolded, and certainly left me in quite a reflective mood. A very down to earth film that draws top performances from it's cast and will be fondly remembered as one of 2013 best offerings.
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`Song for Marion' is more than a story of getting older, relationships and facing loss. At a much deeper level it is the exploration of the barriers we sometimes put up to prevent others seeing us as we really are. And very often the person behind the barriers is much nicer than the more troubled person who is conveyed from the front.

In the role of Arthur, Terence Stamp gives new meaning to the term grumpy old man. He is grumpy at so many different levels. Grumpy because he struggles with the inhibitions of enjoying himself; grumpy because he is poor at expressing feelings and maintaining relationships and grumpy because he knows that he is shortly to be abandoned and alone.

The film tells the story of people doing exceptional things: Elizabeth devoting time and energy to doing something worthwhile in the community; Marion determined to fight death and stay positive as long as possible; older people using their energy to enjoy themselves and entertain others and Arthur beginning to understand that family and relationships with others are far more important than he had realised.

It is essentially a message of discovery, realising that we all inhibit ourselves and in so doing prevent others seeing the real person inside. Arthur and Marion clearly have love for each other and they know each other well. Marion knows that if someone or something can break through Arthur's protective barrier, his life after her death and his relationship with his son and granddaughter will be the better for it. So, she contrives to get him involved with the community choir `OAPZ' - Z for street cred!

Despite his strong reluctance he recognises in Elizabeth and the choir, something that is painfully missing in him: the ability to just be himself.
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If films are meant to stir the emotions, then this film should be a huge success. It centres on the stereotypical grumpy old man versus the optimism of youth and how a man's life is changed by the loss of the person he loves the most. The acting is very convincing, particularly from Terence Stamp who should be up for an award for his performance. Buy it. Watch it. Have some tissues ready.
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My wife and I saw this film when it was first shown at our local cinema. Great storyline, superbly acted and well directed. We're so pleased it's now available on DVD, however, at the moment, our local supermarket is advertising it for sale at 9.00!
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This film will make you laugh and cry at the same time. It tackles a topic that far too many people have to deal with in their lives but this films does it beautifully. Also, its British so the humour is natural and does not feel forced in the least. All I can say is watch it and then you will understand.
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Who needs the likes of Hollywood blockbusters, with all their computerised wizardry, on-screen action and hard-hitting loud music, when you can have this? For this is home-grown sentiment at its very best ... a gem of a little film with superb understated performances from the likes of British acting stalwarts Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, accompanied by the often over-looked talents of Christopher Eccleson, and the obvious charm of relative newbie Gemma Arterton. This is a very 'un-film-like' film - so much so that, at times, it simply feels like a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary - almost every scene could be that of the local housing estate anywhere in England -with buildings, a village hall, and indeed the aging community of typical haphazard characters thrown together through their joy of singing. And those at the centre and heart of the story - Marion, her husband - the grumpy but silently-hurting Arthur - and their father-rejected son James and granddaughter Jenny - just any family from the world over. But this is where the film's strength lies - this is real life: with all its heartache, sorrow and vulnerability dolloped out in cold brutality; yet with the warmth of humanity thrown straight back in tender counter-reaction. This is a gentle, touching and wryly humorous look at the effects of illness within the heart of a community and, more especially, of the legacy of strength and love on those left behind. Not a film with massively broad appeal I guess, but one that will perhaps strike a chord with many and certainly stay in the hearts and minds of the sentimental few who have the privilege of seeing it.
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