Filmmaker Nick Broomfield previous non-fiction films playfully dealt with Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, rocker Courtney Love, serial killer Aileen Wuornos and Sarah Palin, and here he takes on the saga of Leonard Cohen and his muse, Marianne Ihlen.
The film begins on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then an unknown fiction writer, meets Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, and they became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and his mentor, legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, make for a unique portrait of a seemingly idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016 despite all the emotional wreckage, broken dreams, and broken hearts.
(UK/ 2019 / Directed by Nick Broomfield)
R /1 hr 42 mins.