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By Jess Fenton
21st April 2013

Sometimes we all just need our heartstrings pulled and a good old-fashioned cry - and ‘Song For Marion’ is just the film to do it. This quaint little film with a delightfully recognisable cast bares absolutely no surprises - you know exactly what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen and why - the best part is you won't even care. Every scene either brings a smile to your face or a welcome tear to your eye, all culminating in that special warm and fuzzy feeling of a renewed sense of life.

Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) loves exactly two things - her family and the local choir she sings in. The group is led by the young Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), who has a passion for her job and absolutely no sense of personal boundaries. Marion’s grumpy husband Arthur (Terence Stamp) thinks the whole thing is nonsense and cannot for the life of him understand the appeal of a bunch of old people embarrassing themselves. Unfortunately, Marion is dying of cancer, and despite his opinion, Arthur allows his wife to indulge in her passion while accompanying her to each practice and smoking outside until the rehearsal is over. When Marion dies, Arthur is lost and becomes a recluse, further straining his relationship with his son James (Christopher Eccleston). When Elizabeth pays Arthur a visit, she encourages him to join the choir, picking up where Marion left off and using music to heal his heart and his personal relationships.


Cue the onslaught of tears. Redgrave is her usual demure pillar of strength, while Stamp plays off her beautifully as Mr Grumpypants with hidden talents and depths. However, the real winner is Gemma Arterton. She is a gorgeous breath of fresh air that simply lights up the screen.

Yes, this is a film that features cancer and death and you leave smiling, tear-stained cheeks and all, because it’s not only about the power of music but that old saying: one life ends and another begins. ‘Song For Marion’ may be predictable and sentimental, bordering on corny and lacking any real power and drive, but it makes up for it as a tender and sincere crowd-pleaser that hits all the right notes.

RELEASE DATE: 25/04/2013
RUN TIME: 1h 30m
CAST: Terence Stamp - Arthur
Vanessa Redgrave - Marion
Gemma Arterton - Elizabeth
Christopher Eccleston - James
DIRECTOR: Paul Andrew Williams
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