This Valentine’s Day, catch Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film, featuring Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son. “In November 2016, the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, renowned for his plaintive ballads, died a few months after the woman who inspired many of them, his Norwegian lover and muse, Marianne Ihlen. Theirs had been a large and chaotic romance that was in many respects a product of the particular times (the 1960s) and the specific place (the Greek island of Hydra) in which they met. The relationship’s legacy was a catalogue of classic songs – So Long Marianne, Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye, Bird on the Wire – a great deal of heartache, but also a lasting sense of the creative power of love. All of this the documentary maker Nick Broomfield explores in his tender, funny and hauntingly moving new film” (The Guardian).
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