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Palm Springs High School
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United Kingdom, 2011, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Musical, Seniors
Program: World Cinema Now
Septuagenarians Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave costar for the first time in this touching crowd-pleaser, a sentimental comedy in the vein of Calendar Girls and The Full Monty.
Marion (Redgrave) is a staunch member of the old folks choir at the local community center, but her hubbie Arthur is adamantly opposed, not just because he’s against seniors having fun on principle (unless it involves a pint at the pub), but also because Marion is fighting cancer, and he fears that she hasn’t the strength. Of course it’s the choir, and the prospect of a solo in a forthcoming competition, that is keeping Marion going, something Arthur only realizes late in the day.
Perhaps borrowing a trick from the popular documentary Young at Heart, the film has fun with the 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). There’s nothing unpredictable here (except that it’s a big switch for writer-director Paul Andrew Williams, best known for his creepy London to Brighton), but Song for Marion hits all the right notes, and Stamp, especially, delivers in spades.
DIRECTOR: Paul Andrew Williams
Producer: Ken Marshall, Philip Moross
Editor: Dan Farrell
Screenwriter: Paul Andrew Williams
Cinematographer: Carlos Catalan
Music: Laura Rossi
Principal Cast: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, Anne Reid
Filmography: Cherry Tree Lane (2010), The Cottage (2008), London to Brighton (2006)
Print Source: The Weinstein Company - http://www.weinsteinco.com