Movie Review: Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song

Unfinished Song (2012)

Director: Paul Andrew Williams
Starring: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 93 Minutes
Genre: Drama | Music
My Rating:

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.

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The choice of song for Arthur to perform, the cruel words he speaks to his son, the grieving process beginning before his wife is actually gone, all these things appear bleak and yet they are beautiful.

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.

  • The Park Wife

    I had to read the spoiler. So sad, yet so beautiful.

  • The Park Wife

    I had to read the spoiler. So sad, yet so beautiful.