28 August 2017

Song for Marion

Song for Marion 2012
  • Director: Paul Andrew Williams
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Terence Stamp, Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid, Orla Hill
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Terence Stamp – Valkyria, Wanted, Dead Fish, Star Wars I, The Limey, The Adventures of Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Superman I & 2, Far From the Madding Crowd, Billy Bud
    • Gemma Arteron – The Girl with All the Gifts, The Boat that Rocked, Quantum of Solace, Lost in Austen
    • Vanessa Redgrave – The Butler, Coriolanus, Atonement, The Pledge, Girl Interrupted, Cradle Will Rock, Lulu on the Bridge, Mrs Dalloway, Wilde, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, House of the Spirits, Howards End, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Prick Up Your Ears, Playing for Time, Julia, Out of Season, The Devils, Oh What a Lovely War, Isadora, Camelot
    • Anne Reid – Last Tango in Halifax, Doctor Who, Hot Fuzz, Bleak House, Rose and Maloney, Liam
    • Jemima Rooper – What If, Lost in Austen, Kinky Boots
    • Stanley Townsend – The Hollow Crown, Quirke, Sherlock, Happy-Go-Lucky, Hustle, Inside I’m Dancing, The Libertine
  • Why? Christopher Eccleston, Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp
  • Seen: 20 August 2017      

       A feel-good film about pensioners who sing. Now that should be just the ticket for this evening. And what a cast.
       Marion (Redgrave) sings in a pensioners’ choir. Her husband Arthur (Stamp) doesn’t approve because it’s too much for her. She’s dying of cancer.
       Not so very feel-good. Depressing is the word. Depressingly realistic.
       OK, she’s going to die. He’s going to discover singing.
       Will I be able to endure this? I need cheering up, not cheering down. Of course, tear-jerkers can be good for the soul so maybe I’ll endure.
       Right. Eighty minutes later. The tears have been jerked and everyone is feeling pretty good.

3 ½ * of 5   

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