“Song for Marion”…or Marion’s “Unfinished Song”

unfinished+songAlan 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_final Unfinished Song—or, as it was called when released last fall in the U.S. (2013)— Song for Marion3630_Unfinished415658gives a bird’s-eye view into the lives of an effervescent cancer patient (“Marion,” splendidly portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave),1005-M-Song-for-Marion 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.song-for-marion03 The contrast between the characters, the way they deal with emotional pain, and their frustrations in the context of their enduring love song-for-marion-2is both comical and inspiring. UNFINISHED-SONG-pic-2_3The 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… unfinishedeccleston500and the ending, though sad, is full of hope…even for the recovery of Arthur’s relationship with his estranged son. unfinished-song-1024x525If 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).

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