Unfinished Song

imagesUnfinished Song

Director: Paul Andrew Williams

Key Actors: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: A curmudgeonly old man copes with the loss of his wife to cancer by joining a senior singing group.

Overall Rating: 3 stars

This film is a tear-jerker. And it stars Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who fans rejoice!). Overall I loved this film. It is adorable, heart-wrenching, annoying, cute, painful, hilarious. Basically it is human. And British. Have I mentioned my love for British film? This film sort of made me feel like this emotionally confused woman 

 from “Breakfast At Tiffany’s.” One minute I was laughing because a group of senior citizens was singing “Let’s Talk About Sex,” the next I am crying because Terence Stamp is telling Christopher Eccleston (father and son in the movie) he doesn’t want to see him anymore. This movie is simply lovely.

Bechdel: “Unfinished Song” passed the Bechdel, but just barely. That is its only flaw. For though it only microscopically passed the Bechdel test, women were treated as actual human beings. I really wish film would reflect that women communicate with each other frequently and about more things than men (women talk about men obviously, but we have a great many other interests besides), but in this case even though “Unfinished Song” only passed fleetingly, I am pleased to point out that the women in this movie were smart, interesting, didn’t allow themselves to be pushed around, and were all in all real people. And that is great.


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