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From their first romantic meeting on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, to the end of their lives, poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen had a special, spiritual connection that guided both of them through those very eventful years. Using footage shot by D.A. Pennebaker, and his own new material, filmmaker Nick Broomfield tells a story of a love far bigger than just two people.
“Achieving the kind of balance to which Cohen always aspired,MARIANNE & LEONARD is heartbreaking and heartening in Zen-like equal measure.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“Nick Broomfield’s riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“As befits its subjects, MARIANNE & LEONARD as much poetry as documentary — it’s a gentle, rhapsodic film, an emotional change of pace for its director and a moving portrait of a love that still resonates.” – Steve Pond, The Wrap