Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  97 min.
In theatres: July 12, 2019 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD: October 15, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, Judy Collins


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 50 years before their deaths in 2016.

Director: Nick Broomfield
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton, Kyle Gibbon
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  • 5 stars "So many life lessons on how we overlook happiness. If you find a good partner, don’t lose them."
  • 5 stars "profound journey of two people who fell in love and succumbed to the pressures of his success, and then his final chapter as a Zen Buddhist."