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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

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Director: Nick Broomfield

Starring: Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Helle Goldman & Marianne Ihlen

Rating: 12A

UK/USA 2019, 102mins

Renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Kurt & Courtney) impossibly heartfelt portrait of Leonard Cohen and muse Marianne Ihlen

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

Broomfield's personal engagement and his embrace of the complexities of life and love elevate this film, which travels across decades and continents to show the lasting power of one connection ★★★★★ The Playlist