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

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  16 March 2001 (Sweden)
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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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A mind is a terrible thing to lose.
4 July 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This was a very real and harrowing film. I went with misgivings since I knew what the subject was about, but fell under the spell cast by director Bille August.

This story rings true from the beginning. The film is a lovely love story between Barbara and Martin, played superbly by Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wottter.

Barbara, obviously is dealt a blow when the Alzheimer is diagnosed but she proceeds to deal with it in her own terms. Little did she know that her marriage to Martin would turn into the nightmare it did. How do you stop loving and doing for that person you thought about spending the rest of your life with?

The Alzheimer turns Martin into a vegetable. His mind is gone. From the brilliant composer and director, he becomes another person completely different from the person we met at the beginning of the film.

Most critics in New York keep comparing this film with Iris. It is very unfair, because obviously all Alzheimers cases are different and don't have to reflect in this case, what went in Iris Murdoch's mind.

I have to give credit to the director, Mr. August, who has not taken the easy approach and documents the progress in a very dignified manner.

All the performances are on key. The extended families of these couple are very strong behind the parents, which is something very rare to find these days.


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