Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, dir. Nick Broomfield, UK 2019, 102 min. 12A
From documentarian Nick Broomfield, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love follows the tangled love affair between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen, which unfolded in 1960s Hydra among a bohemian community of expat artists, writers and musicians. The subject of many of Cohen’s best-known songs – So Long Marianne, Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye, Bird on the Wire – Marianne influenced not only Cohen but also filmmaker Broomfield, who was living on the island at the time. With affection and insight, this poignant documentary reflects on the vast impact of this remarkable woman.