The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Unfinished song

Unfinished Song

In this delightful English drama directed by Paul Andrew Williams, Arthur (Terence Stamp) is a grumpy pensioner who is looking after his cancer-stricken wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave). She doesn't have long to live and is determined to squeeze as much pleasure out of her remaining days as she can. So she joins a choir of elders led by Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton), an enthusiastic grade school music teacher. When Marion sings "True Colors," her son James and his daughter are there to witness the emotional event. Even Arthur is moved but exits immediately afterward.

Following Marion's death, Arthur descends into a hole of grief and keeps to himself. Feeling that he needs a friend, Elizabeth reaches out to him and discovers that he has a talent for singing. Together they rehearse Billy Joel's "Goodnight, My Angel."

What's the message of this sweet film? Sing to express your joy and to share your love with the world (Starz/Anchor Bay, PG-13 — some sexual references, rude gestures). Now on DVD.


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