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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Original title:
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Slovenian title:
Marianne & Leonard: Ljubezenske pesmi
Section:
KINGS & QUEENS
Country, year:
UK, USA, 2019
Length:
102
Directed by:
Nick Broomfield
Screenplay:
Nick Broomfield
Cinematography:
Barney Broomfield
Music:
Nick Laird-Clowes
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
English,Norwegian
Voting code:
T
Cast:
Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, Judy Collins, Ron Cornelius, Helle Goldman, Richard Vick
Awards:
Sundance 2019, Thessaloniki 2019, Edinburgh 2019, Sydney 2019

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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is a beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen.
Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers, and musicians. The film follows their relationship from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of "free love" and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. It was on Hydra in 1968 that director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne. She introduced him to Cohen's music and also encouraged Broomfield to make his first film. Along the way we learn of the highs and lows of Leonard's career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed.

"'Love is not a victory march,' Leonard Cohen sang in his signature song "Hallelujah" - and Nick Broomfield's haunting documentary "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love," is a lovely illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that produced some of the gifted songwriter's most indelible songs. /.../ Marianne & Leonard is as much poetry as documentary - it's a gentle, rhapsodic film, an emotional change of pace for its director and a moving portrait of a love that still resonates" (Steve Pond, The Wrap)