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A Song for Martin (2001)
"En sång för Martin" (original title)

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Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love. After divorcing their spouses, Martin and Barbara marry and begin a happy life ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Sven Wollter ...
Martin
Viveka Seldahl ...
Barbara
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Biederman
Linda Källgren ...
Karin
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Elisabeth
Peter Engman ...
Philip
Klas Dahlstedt ...
Erik
Lo Wahl ...
Susanne
Kristina Törnqvist ...
Dr. Gierlich
Jonna Ekdahl ...
Sara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claes Ahlstedt ...
Erik
Alba August
Asta August
Anna Eidem
Maria Fahl
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Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love. After divorcing their spouses, Martin and Barbara marry and begin a happy life together. Five years later, as the couple is working on a new opera, Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. As Martin's condition worsens and his personality changes, the couple strain to hold on to the love that once brought them together. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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$5,755 (USA) (28 June 2002)

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$27,983 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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Alzheimer's conquers all
7 October 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

While `A song for Martin' is a powerful movie, it is also a sort of impotent one. One of the hobbyhorses of my high school literature teacher was to make us understand the difference between what is tragic and dramatic. A car accident is tragic. A car going over a cliff driven by someone fulfilling his inescapable destiny is drama. Alzheimer's is a tragic disease, but it is not drama. Unavoidable is not a substitute for inescapable. You cannot have drama without participation while participation is the last thing you can expect from someone suffering from the disease. This is a very well made movie. Acting is superb; cinematography is fine. I learned from it everything I would ever care to know about Alzheimer's, but I still left the theatre with an empty feeling. The story is sad, the loss is painful and love conquers everything but I had no revelations. I received information, from which I only gained knowledge, not real gut wrenching understanding. I never cared much about acted documentaries and this film never really rose above that.

`A song for Martin' has a very promising start. Passionate love at the age of 50/60 is full of dramatic potential. For a while I thought that is what the movie will be about, but I was wrong. There are hints of dramatic conflict but they are never explored and from the moment Martin is diagnosed, the story turns purely didactic. Dealing with such a situation also has dramatic potentials but this movie choose to concentrate on the evolution of the illness. Is that bad? I don't know, but gaining this sort of knowledge is not what I expect from art.

Should you see this movie? I think so. You will learn a lot about the illness most of us fear the most. Just do not expect more. See it for what it is: an animated illustration of the disease. For that, it is perfect.


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