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Song For Marion - Film Review

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
You Know How I Feel About Enjoying Things

Every week Arthur (Terence Stamp) takes his dying wife, Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) to the 'OAPz' choir practice. He does not approve; Arthur thinks she is too ill to be performing hip-hop and too old to be singing 'all about sex'. So instead of joining in with the rest of spritely pensioners, he waits outside, has a smoke, and grumbles.

One evening, he gets the worst possible news. Marion collapsed during practice, and has been sent to hospital. She has a matter of months to live. This only strengthens Arthur's opinion that she should not exert herself, but with a choir competition on the way, and Marion being given a solo part, she is even more determined to continue.

When Marion passes away, Arthur is lost and alone, but with the support of the young choir teacher, he begins to come out of his shell and eventually learns what it means to be happy again.

Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, Song For Marion is a heartwarming comedy with some truly touching moments. I'm not usually a weepy person when it comes to watching movies, but there were some scenes where even I was becoming bleary eyed.

Every moment of this film feels real. A group of OAPz can barge onto a theatre stage in 60s tie-die shirts, start singing about sex, and do the robot dance, but no matter how absurd it may seem, you still believe it. You never once doubt the integrity or honesty of the characters, and I put that down to a crew of skilled writers, a cast of seasoned and talented actors, and a director with a flare for mise-en-scene. Williams creates many poignant moments using nothing but doorways, and found exactly the right song for exactly the right moment. I can't give Song For Marion anything less than five stars.
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