Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

"With a softened lens, British documentarian Nick Broomfield adoringly examines a fascinating relationship in a fascinating time that saw Cohen transition from a poet to a world-class songwriter." - Globe & Mail

Return engagement! “The Greek island of Hydra was Eden for a group of 1960s free-love artists and intellectuals who flocked to an idyllic paradise with sun-dappled beaches, cheap living and plentiful mind-expanding drugs to turn on, tune in, drop out.

“One of them was a struggling writer who had yet to discover his gift for music, Leonard Cohen. Another was a Norwegian divorcee fleeing a toxic relationship, Marianne Ihlen. Their love affair, seemingly perfect while on the island but troubled and complicated when cast out of paradise, morphed into a friendship that survived on and off for decades, until their deaths — three months apart — in 2016.

“The extraordinary story of an artist and his muse is told with affection and sympathy by the British documentarian Nick Broomfield in Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love. Broomfield not only knew them both, he spent time on Hydra and was briefly a lover of Ihlen himself.

“But Broomfield wisely only allows himself to be a tangential figure, instead focusing on the enigmatic wanderer Cohen and the complicated single mother Ihlen. Helping tell the story is a wealth of archival material, including footage shot on Hydra. It is indeed an alluring destination.” - San Francisco Chronicle

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