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Song for Marion

#1 Post by Ms Thrifty » Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:04 am

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Directed by Paul Andrew Williams
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Terence Stamp

Plot: 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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#2 Post by EthanRunt » Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:19 pm

I didn't see Amour but between Quartet and Marion, I preferred Marion. Sticks closely to formula and is shamelessly manipulative, but it's an effective film full of tears and smiles.

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Song For Marion

#3 Post by ploggit » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:09 pm

Just a heads up that this will be the next Virgin Media screening on 31st January, tickets available on the 24th (try from late on the 23rd).

Once again, really disappointed with Virgin - so many good movies on the horizon and this is as good as they can come up with? Personal preference only I should add! Not doing themselves any favours if they want to be considered in the same league as Sky...

EDIT: I've just noticed that Gemma Arterton is in it. Maybe I've changed my mind...
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#4 Post by Livi92 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:17 pm

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#5 Post by asamaic » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:59 pm

Well, I'm exhausted. I never cry at films (even those first 10 minutes of Up never get me!) but I was pretty much blubbering throughout Marion.

Bring the hankies. And some water.
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#6 Post by havingascreen » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:29 pm

such a sweet film, i was bubbling away too :cry: . Such great performances from Stamp and Redgrave, the teacher was terrific too. Loved the influx of the color yellow and the shots of sunshine breaking through everywhere. The song choice was fantastic and the play on all the creaks and strains of old age comically done.

Yes it was formulaic but brilliant with it

8/10 o/
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#7 Post by Livi92 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:39 pm

Definitely a bit of a tear-jerker, with a few unexpected laughs thrown in there. I thought the casting was done quite well and it was a nice surprise to see Gemma Artherton in a different type of role. A good solid 6.5/10
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#8 Post by Diane65 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:06 pm

Really looking forward to this it looks like my type of film lets hope I get lucky and get tickets with Virgin. I do love a tear jerker so I'll bring my tissues.
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#9 Post by Livi92 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:08 pm

Its quite similar to Quartet and a bit like Amour, except less depressing, sooo if you liked either of them, you are sure to like it :D Good idea about the tissues, you'll certainly need them x
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#10 Post by tsoiboy » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:12 pm

Saw this tonight at Courthouse, Soho. Lovely to see PXC with her OH and friend. Also Funthing, Canadian Turtle and Valda.

I had not hear much about this film and what little I had read the impression I got was Glee for OAPs.

I was really pleasantly surprised about this film tonight. It was Glee with OAPs but this is merely a backdrop for a quite touching film about loss, coming to terms with it and re-connecting with loved ones. The acting turns from Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave were spot on. Terence Stamp playing a dour pensioner was brilliant. Even Gemma Arterton was good in this and I am not a great fan of her Hollywood/Big budget films.

The pacing was good. The comedy came in the form of formulaic OAPs trying to be modern and down with the kids. it was quite a short film of only 90 mins. The ending was good and un-Hollywood.

There was a surprise with a Q&A with the director Paul Andrew Williams who was pleasant and quite frank about the film.

If you see the film the director makes a small cameo in it.

Less depressing than Amour and definitely better than Quartet.

Definitely go and see it. You will leave with a smile.

8.5/10

PXC and her friend and a few other people were quite tearful.
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