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A deeply touching goodbye

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Regissør: Nick Broomfield
(USA Mange i Norge)

A LAST GOOD BYE: Nick Broomfield's documentary about Marianne Ihlen and Leonard Cohen is a moving story about a very special love affair.

Many in Norway have heard about the relationship
between Leonard Cohen and Norwegian Marianne Ihlen, who was the source of inspiration for
"So Long, Marianne" and other of his famous songs. The relationship also received some attention
in the international press in 2016, when the Canadian artist – who was also himself
at the end of life – wrote a loving last greeting to the dying Ihlen. She
passed away two days after she received the letter. Three months later, Cohen died.

This letter is given a central place in the experienced British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield's recent film about Ihlen and Cohen, titled Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love. In late January, the documentary premiered at the Sundance International Film Festival in the United States, and then it was the opening film at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in early March. It was at the latter festival Ny Tid saw the film – which has become a fascinating and moving story about two people who. . .

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Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.

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