Alan and I were both very moved by this touching story of an elderly couple dealing with the ravages of cancer and the inevitable loss of their lifelong marriage…and their very lives. Unfinished Song—or, as it was called when released last fall in the U.S. (2013)— Song for Marion—gives a bird’s-eye view into the lives of an effervescent cancer patient (“Marion,” splendidly portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave), and her old, curmudgeon husband, Arthur Harris, as the couple faces the tragedy of cancer and the triumph of a life lived with zest and courage. The contrast between the characters, the way they deal with emotional pain, and their frustrations in the context of their enduring love is both comical and inspiring. The bitterness that Arthur feels over the threat of losing Marion is eventually overcome by his great love for her and his desire to please her… and the ending, though sad, is full of hope…even for the recovery of Arthur’s relationship with his estranged son. If you’re aware that you’re growing old—either alone or with your mate—or if your parents are growing old…or even if you have a grouchy, old grandpa you’d like to understand a little better…you might enjoy this sweet story!
“Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21).