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Unfinished Song

1song4Some films scratch out a tiny piece of your heart, savage it, not too much, just enough to be memorable, then hand it back to you with a smile that you return automatically, just thankful you have that piece back.

Unfinished Song (released in the UK as Song For Marion) has the standard splendor of a film about love on many levels.

The love between Arthur, played by the ever intriguing and delightful Terence Stamp, just ever-so-slightly less scary than usual, and his dying wife Marion, played to perfection by the unparalleled Vanessa Redgrave.

The love between parents and children.1song5

The love of music and life, highlighted by a quirky choir of  feisty seniors performing songs like: Love Shack (B-52s), Ace of Spades (Motörhead), Let’s Talk About Sex (Salt-n-Pepa), True Colors (Cyndi Lauper), and Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) (Billy Joel).

Stamp was reluctant to take the part until he saw his own father in the character, a mordant, psychologically jammed man who loves deeply, but shows it oddly. I’m sure most watch this film wanting to alternately hug and slug this cranky, sorrowful soul.

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The beauty of this film is in the impeccable casting, without the immeasurable talent and experience of Stamp and Redgrave this film could have easily come off as syrupy.

1song8Other brilliant note blended into this song is Christopher Eccleston (yes, the first Doctor in the uberpopular reboot of Doctor Who, also, 28 Days Later, Heroes, Lennon Naked, The Leftovers, Cracker, Thor: The Dark World, etc.), the son with a complicated relationship with his Dad; of course Arthur seems to have a complicated relationship wit1song6h everyone.

Add then next lovely note, Gemma Atherton (Lost in Austen, Quantum of Solace, etc.) as Elizabeth, a sweet, determined, but lonely choir mistress.

In a world obsessed with youth, films that portray seniors as people are important, but  there’s more to it. It’s about love, but more importantly, how love always changes.

So go at it then, smile, cry, smile, laugh, cry, smile, cry, laugh, cry, smile…yup, think that about sums it up.

Don’t let your song go unfinished.

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4 thoughts on “Unfinished Song

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Yadadarcyada has some great posts and I enjoyed this one because it mirrors my own thoughts on the film Song for Marion in the UK where I saw it or Unfinished Song in the US – Bring to great actors together in Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave and you have a superbly acted film. Definitely one for the tissues but also leaves a heartwarming lump in your throat. Do watch if you have not already….

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    1. Thank you so much for the reblog and your kind words. It was a lovely film. I find sometimes it’s not blockbusters these quiet little films that fill our hearts. 🙂

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  2. Unfinished Song This sounds like an excellent movie! And the songs sung are so
    excellent that I have to watch just to see those beautiful songs sung.

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