“Sometimes you find a flower you can help to bloom,” says Gemma Arterton’s choir mistress Elizabeth in the upcoming Brit-dramedy Unfinished Song. Enter Arthur (Terence Stamp) – a senior who bah-humbugs his way through life and only gets worse when his wife, Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), falls terminally ill.
Grudgingly, Arthur joins her beloved seniors choir, belting out 1990s-era tunes while learning to open up, lighten up and adjust to life on his own. Written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams, Unfinished Song debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. With its ensemble of swinging seniors and melancholy subject matter, the film appears like a crossbreed of the Oscar-winning Amour and Dustin Hoffman’s recent Quartet. And while seniors singing hip-hop songs for laughs is a tired gag, anchored by Stamp and Redgrave this flower may bloom yet.