Grumpy pensioner Arthur honors his recently deceased wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son, James.
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"Song for Marion", a London-set comedic drama, is about shy, grumpy pensioner Arthur who is reluctantly inspired by his beloved wife Marion to join a highly unconventional local choir. At odds with his son James, it is left to charismatic choir director Elizabeth to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a hilarious, life-affirming journey of musical self discovery. Written by
The song Sujantha sings at Marion's funeral was not in the original script. Paul Andrew Williams decided to use it in the film after he heard Taru Devani sing it during auditions for choir members. See more »
From the end credits: In at least two instances, the word "assistant" is misspelled a-s-s-i-t-a-n-t. See more »
[Standing at Marion's grave]
Potatoes. Two pints of milk. Teabags. Chicken. Sage and onions. Bottle of bleach. That's the shopping. That's what I'm doing today. OK.
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Performed by Charlie Rich
Words and Music by Dallas Frazier
Published by Sony / ATV Tree Publishing
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd. See more »
Arthur Harris (Terence Stamp) is an angry pensioner taking care of his beloved wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). He doesn't get along with their son James (Christopher Eccleston). She is sick with her cancer coming back. He hates that she is spending time and energy singing at an old age choir led by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). Her sickness gets the best of her and he's forced to help her with the choir.
The movie is very formulaic with simple one-dimensional characters. The comedy is light and not really that funny. There is one good solid joke but nothing much else. There isn't anything wrong with the movie but it's not necessarily great either. It's constantly pulling on the heartstrings and sometimes it hits on some good notes. Terence Stamp is hitting on the anger note very hard. Vanessa Redgrave is brilliant. Gemma Arterton is lovely. Christopher Eccleston has an one-note role. I just wish it has many more funny moments.
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