When his beloved wife (Vanessa Redgrave) falls ill, a curmudgeonly retiree (Terence Stamp) must take her place in the local seniors' choir, in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy-drama.
May 30, 2013
|7:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
June 1, 2013
|12:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Egyptian||Date has passed|
Two heavy-hitting stars of the English old guard, Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave, come together in this hilarious but poignant film. Grumpy, hard to please Arthur (Stamp) becomes even more difficult to deal with after his wife, Marion (Redgrave), is diagnosed as terminally ill. Marion, however, is determined to continue singing with the local seniors' choir, despite her declining health and her husband's wishes. Of course, it's the choir and the prospect of a solo in a forthcoming competition that keep Marion going in the face of illness and disease. As Marion's health worsens, Arthur is eventually forced to take her place in the choir—and he is surprised to discover that the choir and the music are the forces keeping him afloat in the midst of his wife's decline. Perhaps borrowing a trick from the popular documentary Young at Heart, the film is energized with scenes of old people tearing into the B-52s and Salt-n-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex," a cheeky choice by their cheery musical director (Gemma Arterton). A film for all ages, Unfinished Song glows from the performances by Stamp and Redgrave, and hums with the restorative power of community music making.
Paul Andrews Williams started his career as an actor but soon found his calling in filmmaking. He directed many ads and short films, including the short film Royalty (2001) which was the basis for his 2006 award-winning feature London to Brighton. It's Okay to Drink Whiskey (2004) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
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|Director:||Paul Andrew Williams|
|Principal Cast:||Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Producer:||Ken Marshall, Philip Moross|
|Screenplay:||Paul Andrew Williams|
|Awards:||British Independent Film Awards 2012 (Nominated for Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress)|
|Filmography:||Cherry Tree Lane (2010); The Cottage (2008); London to Brighton (2006)|
|US Distributor:||Weinstein Company|
|International Sales:||eOne Entertainment|