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REVIEW – Song For Marion

SONG FOR   MARION Cert: PG  200px4_starssvg11_thumb.png
Reviewed by Dan Spracklen Rating: 4 out of 5

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5d82036c13ad54bc17d9849ccbab868fI went into this film   with a fairly open mind, however expecting it to be similar to 2012 hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and recent Quartet. I was glad to find that I was   correct.Song   For Marion is a heart-warming,   tear-jerking tale which teaches us to love what we do, and not waste our time   here on earth. Marion is suffering from cancer, but this does not stop her   being part of a local singing group called “OAPz” led by young music teacher   Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton, St Trinian’s).   Her husband, Arthur (Terence Stamp, Wanted,   Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) is a grumpy, negative old man   who is alienated from his own son and incapable of showing his true feelings.

Acting from the entire   cast is top notch, particularly from Vanessa Redgrave (Mission: Impossible), who plays terminally ill Marion. The film   also features a touching soundtrack, which fits well with the down-to-earth   atmosphere of the film. I think that one of the main things making it so good   is the simple nature of what is quite a simple story, yet it covers such   broad issues. Issues like terminal illness, and dysfunctional families,   depression even, everyday things that are often experienced in real life but   rarely explored on-screen. The way it is shown is even better.

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This is very much a   change in direction for Director Paul Andrew Williams (London to Brighton, The   Cottage), however he pulls it off very well. Well worth a watch, particularly   if you are a fan of similar films, such as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet.

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