Saturday, December 21, 2013

the perfect movie for this Christmas is not a Christmas movie

Unfinished Song  (2012)
 -Original title: Song for Marion-

Sometimes I watch a film and it "stays" with me for days afterwards. It affects me deeply. Unfinished Song is this type of movie. It's laughter, tears and hope all bundled into one.

Vanessa Redgrave is Marion, the terminally ill mother and wife who has a passion for singing. She is cheerful and very outgoing despite the condition of her health. On the contrary, her husband Arthur (Terence Stamp) is the typical grumpy old man. He hates the choir at the recreation center, he has no friends and his relationship with his son (Christopher Eccleston)  is not very good. When his wife dies, he has his own demons to deal with, but he makes an unlikely friend: Elizabeth (Gemma Arterton). How is he going to deal with his grief? Will he manage to bury the hatchet with his son? And what about joining that choir after all?

Unfinished Song is perfect to watch anytime, but it can be the ideal choice for the Christmas holidays. Be prepared to shed a tear or two (or more). But despite the sad moments, you will definitely enjoy the performances of the elderly choir members as they give it their all. What I loved about this movie was that it highlighted that being older doesn't mean not having fun. 

Beautiful performances, moving story, amazing music... What else can one ask for? Oh yes, the soundtrack song is performed by Celine Dion! :) It doesn't get any better than this.

Life’s like music
There’s so much still unsung
Make it magic
There’s so much still to come

Unfinished Songs-Celine Dion

p.s: I really wanted to include Philomena in this post, but it turned out to be one of the greatest movie disappointments of this year. I had expected to be moved, especially since it is inspired by true events, but I was only bored. Really bored.


  1. Replies
    1. ... As in the main character much resembles Ebenezer Scrooge?
      Or are you, the lovely Bibi, exclaiming, rather grumpily?

    2. The first one. I don't humbug at feel-good movies. I thrive on them!!!

  2. It seems so sweet!!!I think I'll watch it!!
    (like Glee for elders!hehe)

  3. thank you for sharing this : it's so funny and moving!!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

  4. Good post Evi

    Wish you a Merry Christmas.

    Greetings, Joop

  5. Para los buenos momentos, gratitud.
    Para los malos, mucha esperanza.
    Para cada día, una ilusión.
    Y siempre, siempre, felicidad.
    Esto es lo que te deseamos para el 2014.


    y no te olvides de presentarte a nuestro reto navideño, queremos tu compañía en estas fechas.

    1. Thank you so much for all your wishes! Enjoy the holidays! :)

  6. Συμφωνώ!!!Αρκετά αυτές τίς ημέρες μόνο ταινίες μέ εορταστικά θέματα παίζουν τά κανάλια!!Θά τήν δώ!!!
    Καλά Χριστούγεννα Εύη μου!!!Νά περάσης πολύ όμορφα!!!Φιλάκια!!!!

    1. Kαλα Χριστουγεννα και σ'εσας! Ειναι πολυ καλη, να τη δειτε!

  7. Such a lovely movie, really impressive all around.

  8. Άλλη μια ταινία προστίθεται στη λίστα μου...
    Καλά Χριστούγεννα με υγεία και αγάπη!!

    1. Νομιζω πως θα σου αρεσει! Καλα Χριστουγεννα και σ'εσενα! :)

  9. I'm going to see this, Evi. You have reached across cyberspace and changed what I will see. Thank you.