Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love


Marianne Ihlen, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Helle Goldman, Richard Vick

Director: Nick Broomfield

Running Time: 102 minutes

Certificate: 12A - drug references, moderate sex references, infrequent strong language

Country: UK

Format: 2D

“Oh, this is just lovely.”
- Kevin Maher, The Times

“It’s a dramatic example of an artist suddenly discovering what it was he was born to do.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“[A]n elegiac romance that casts new light on a legend.”
- Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro

“It's a superb documentary, and a great love story that will bring tears to the eyes of anyone ever touched by the man and his music. Keep your tissues handy.”
- David Aldridge, Radio Times

“Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films.”
- Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

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 Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film and was an enormous influence on him. Marianne and Leonard's was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. Along the way we learn of the tragedy that befell those that could not survive the beauty of Hydra, the highs and lows of Leonard’s career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed. Marianne and Leonard died three months apart.


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