Joyously happy and at the same time deeply sad, Song for Marion is an emotional roller coaster that’ll have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. Starring Terrence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton, Song for Marion is a smart and heart warming comedy for all ages.
Grumpy pensioner Arthur honours his recently deceased wife by joining her choir group and fulfilling her dream of singing in an upcoming competition. He overcomes his miserable, pessimistic attitude and builds bridges with his estranged son in the process.
It’s not easy for a film to balance a sad story with humour but Song for Marion does it perfectly. The performances, particularly by some of the choir members are laugh out loud funny.
Terrence Stamp‘s character Arthur is a complex and interesting one, and one that many of us can relate to on some level. He’s struggling to deal with his emotions and in the time leading up toMarion‘s inevitable passing he struggles to know how to talk to her. Balancing being her carer and keeping her in the house with being her husband and allowing her to fulfil her desire to sing, Arthur winds up seeming like a miserable shit when really he’s trying to do what he thinks is best for his wife. Stamp‘s performance is heartwarming and dynamic, while the character’s grumpy tendencies make it hard at times to empathise with him, Stamp‘s performance makes it easy for the audience to understand and relate to his emotions.
It’s not easy for a film to balance such a sad story with humour but Song for Marion does it perfectly, after all death is just an inevitable part of life. The film will bring a lump to your throat but the performances, particularly by some of the choir members (dubbed The O.A.Pz) are at times laugh out loud funny. The world needs more comedies about the older generation getting up to mischief; much of it wasfunnier than most mainstream comedy.
The cinematography and settings are well thought out and give the film a colourful feel. It’s uplifting despite the sadness of the story, it looks realistic and not brash and shiny and the performances are fantastic. It’s a film that all ages can enjoy, it’ll have you laughing, crying and singing along. A lovely comedy drama about love, life and death.