Unfinished Song (2012)
Every once in a while, a film comes along that is flawless, at least to some. For me, Unfinished Song, originally titled ‘Song for Marion’, is one such movie.
Arthur Harris (Stamp) is an ornery old cuss, grumpy and unskilled at showing emotions. His wife Marion (Redgrave) is the only person who sees beyond his gruff exterior. Even his son, James (Eccleston), struggles to find an emotional connection.
Marion has a passion for singing and is part of a choir made up of the elderly citizens of their small community. She’s also ill. Cancer is slowly consuming her. She won’t give up the choir though, and Arthur grudgingly takes her to practices.
After Marion’s death, Arthur tries to cut himself off from the rest of the world. But the music his wife loved calls to him. He develops a friendship with the choir’s conductor (Arterton) and hesitantly takes Marion’s place.
Now, I’ve given you an overview of the film and a glimpse of the characters, but Unfinished Song is so much more than a story or plot or well-rounded characters. It’s a beautifully written testament to the spectrum of human emotions. Stamp’s portrayal of Arthur is raw and impeccable.
Sure, the plot keeps the viewer engaged, but it’s the underlying elements that make this movie special.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered and days after watching this film I’m still thinking about it. I’ll definitely add Unfinished Song to my collection and recommend it to everyone.