Film - Film of the week, Song for Marion (PG, 93 mins)

Song For Marion. PA Photo/Entertainment One.
Song For Marion. PA Photo/Entertainment One.

Music is the food of eternal love in Paul Andrew Williams’s comedic drama about personal triumph and reconciliation in the wake of terminal illness.

His gently paced script sings from the heart, milking copious tears between lively choral arrangements of Salt-N-Pepa’s dancefloor filler Let’s Talk About Sex and Motorhead’s Ace Of Spades.

Those racy renditions come courtesy of the OAPZ, a motley crew of fun-loving pensioners who find camaraderie during their sessions at Smith Hall Community Centre under the baton of pretty volunteer conductor Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton).

Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) is one of the most popular and beloved members of the choir, who is battling terminal illness with the help of her cranky husband, Arthur (Terence Stamp).

The OAPZ are preparing for a singing competition and Marion is earmarked for a rousing solo.

Alas, when she can no longer trill through the pain, Arthur begrudgingly takes his wife’s place and rediscovers his love of singing.

In the process, he also rebuilds bridges with his mechanic son James (Christopher Eccleston) and widens his circles of friends to support him when the time comes to let go of the woman he adores.

Song For Marion is joyful and uplifting, anchored by Stamp’s sympathetic portrayal of a curmudgeonly loner who finds redemption at his lowest ebb.