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So many different levels!,
This review is from: Song for Marion [DVD]  (DVD)
`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. `Song for Marion' is a story of love and loss and discovery. For those who dismiss it as sentimental, they miss the point. It doesn't reflect the all too common gloomy side of life in Britain today: drugs, debt, violence and unemployment. It reflects a deeper understanding of human relationships and the way in which each of us can have an important impact on each other if we allow ourselves to be real and to be seen.
A truly excellent film. Wonderfully written and a wonderful cast with faultless performances by all.