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. London-set, the story follows Arthur as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self-discovery.
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.
I had the great good fortune to see this movie on the TV twice within a year. Without wishing to spoil anything, I just so loved it. The lead actresses and actors, played this so very well. I found myself trying to recover words from songs from memory. Terence I think perhaps one of the best roles he has played imho. I simply HAD to have one particular song, so I bought the DVD. To me a joy forever. I can watch it when I feel like it and listen while I do other things if I want to. Gorgeous! L.B.
After having seen this in the cinema and then having recorded it on television, it still remains one of my favourite films. It is funny, joyful & emotional in turn and the lead characters played by Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp & Gemma Arterton are just so excellent! The rest of the cast are also amazing & it's just a wonderful little film. I bought this DVD for a friend I had been singing it praises to & as she has been in hospital, she hasn't had a chance to view it yet but I'm sure she will love it.
The actors in this film did their best but I was left feeling that the only bit l enjoyed was when I was puting the DVD back in it's case It just made me wishing l hadn't wasted my money on it I'm sorry if this upset anyone but l just had to write this review
We settled down to watch this and after the first 10 minutes began to look forward to any moment of laughter or cheer but in fact the film continued with unremitting angst. We could not work out why the husband should hate everyone and especially his own son. Do not buy this if you want the feel good feeling.