'UNFINISHED SONG': EVENTUAL BITTERSWEET JOY IN A BRITISH DRAMEDY. Review of the dramedy with Venessa Redgrave. All text is © Rissi JC

‘UNFINISHED SONG’: EVENTUAL BITTERSWEET JOY IN A BRITISH DRAMEDY

July 21, 2021 No Comments

A film from 2012 that I never did take time to see, this film has some powerhouse talent but a bittersweet story.

Unfinished Song (2012) Film Review

In the wake of illness, the joy of Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) is to join her friends in singing at the local community center. Their choir director Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton) shakes things up a bit. She does this by giving them songs that may make some of the mature songbirds blush; and she plans to enter them in a competition. Marion’s husband is more than a little grumpy about the whole ordeal, until his wife again becomes ill and she fights him for the experience of continuing in the choir.

In time, Arthur (Terrence Stamp) comes to understand what this group and its music means to Marion. With a little encouragement and friendship he doesn’t see coming, Arthur may discover this group has something to teach him.

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British comedies take a special kind of viewer because they’re really quite different than American offerings. This isn’t to say they’re bad (because most of the time I don’t think they are), they just have their own unique approach. This film files under “comedy” on streaming services though really, it’s not. Or not unless you consider dry wit and a bittersweet result funny. I don’t, but I do recognize some of the dialogue as being funny. The film also approaches life (and death) in a more lighthearted way in the sense of coming to terms with things pre and post, and the ways we heal in the aftermath. Sometimes, it’s through a bit of humor.

Anyone who likes other European dramedies like Fisherman’s Friends will find Unfinished Song a sweet film. Also known as A Song for Marion, the film is primarily about Arthur and his change, but there’s other subtleties like family importance, apologizing when your wrong and the power of song. It has a good cast, and it’s always fun to see Gemma in something again as I don’t feel like I see her in much. If you don’t mind tears with some comedy, then this isn’t a bad film. It moves a little slower, but there’s also some sweet joys.

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You can find Unfinished Song digitally on Amazon Video. Or see it (currently) free with IMDBtv

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'UNFINISHED SONG': EVENTUAL BITTERSWEET JOY IN A BRITISH DRAMEDY. Review of the dramedy with Venessa Redgrave. All text is © Rissi JC

Content: There’s some minor profanity and innuendo (the songs reference sex, etc.). Family dysfunction plays a partial role and there’s death. The film is PG-13.

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