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Hearing secret harmonies in ‘Unfinished Song’

Vanessa Redgrave and Stamp in “Unfinished Song.”

Heartbreaking, too. There may not be many dry eyes when Marion (Redgrave), plucky and ebullient despite being confined to a wheelchair with cancer, sings Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” to her grumpy husband, Arthur, played by Stamp. Or in a later scene when Stamp reciprocates with Billy Joel’s “Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel),” though under different circumstances. They are an extreme example of the saying that opposites attract: She is bursting with joie de vivre, while his face is blank and bitter, crossed with remote feelings like sunlight and shadow across a bleak landscape.

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