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16 March 2001 (Sweden) See more »
Famous composer Martin meets concertmaster Barbara at one of his performances, and the two fall in love... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Bille August 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bille August 
Ulla Isaksson  novel "Boken om E"

Produced by
Bille August .... producer
Lars Kolvig .... producer
Michael Lundberg .... producer
Michael Obel .... producer
Original Music by
Stefan Nilsson 
Cinematography by
Jörgen Persson 
Film Editing by
Janus Billeskov Jansen  (as Janus Billeskov-Jansen)
Production Design by
Anna Asp 
Costume Design by
Katarina Kvist 
Makeup Department
Kjell Gustavsson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Zakaria Alaoui .... production manager
Bella Seward .... production manager (as Gabriella Seward)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yann Mari Faget .... second assistant director
Joakim Höglund .... first assistant director
Mikael Lundberg .... first assistant director
Yvonne Lundin .... third assistant director
Art Department
Majid Aoulad Abdellah .... assistant art director
Louise Drake .... property master
Josefin Åsberg .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Niels Arild .... sound
Henrik Garnov .... sound editor
Willie Peterson-Berger .... sound
Camilla Mauritzson Skjaerbaek .... sound editor (as Camilla Mauritzson)
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Holm .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Anders Frithiof August .... video assist operator
Lasse Carlsson .... first assistant camera
Andrew Grant-Christensen .... clapper loader
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Driss Marzak .... gaffer
Carl P. Rasmussen .... electrician
Editorial Department
Michael Frank Nielsen .... film color timer
Rikke Selin .... assistant editor
Location Management
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location manager
Other crew
Jessica Balac .... production assistant
Khadja Koulla .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"En sång för Martin" - Sweden (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, thematic elements and some language
Norway:119 min | Sweden:117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The worst movie I've seen in years, 1 May 2015
Author: rooprect from New York City

I can't understand how so many reviewers feel this movie is about "true love" when it is about the exact opposite: hypocrisy and selfishness masquerading under the self- righteous banner of love.

The story begins with a woman who has an affair and dumps her husband 5 days before Christmas (all in the name of love, of course). The man in the affair, a world renowned composer, similarly breaks up his own marriage and family to be with the woman. The two live in wedded bliss with the woman repeatedly making the man promise that he'll never abandon her. But an incurable illness drives a wedge between the two--an illness for which the woman repeatedly and irritatingly blames the man (as "abandonment") while she melodramatically plays the martyred caregiver.

There is a scene midway where, at her end of her patience, she cruelly crushes his illusion of comfort by blurting out the harsh reality he needn't know. Then she justifies it by saying they swore to always be honest with each other, in the name of "love". That scene made me want to track down the writer and say "By the way, yes, that dress DOES make you look fat!" *facepalm*

Let me say that the illness is one that I have firsthand experience with. The portrayal is quite accurate, and for most of the movie I was impressed with the acting in that regard. But what I found utterly disgusting is the woman's way of handling the illness. Sure, dealing with any sudden illness is tough on loved ones, but this movie came across as simply a pity party for the woman and a justification for her atrocious handling of the situation culminating in an utterly sickening, hypocritical choice even though apparently other reviewers think it's "beautiful". I won't say what it is, but rather I'll let you be the judge if you decide to waste your 2 hours watching this. I'll just say it will undoubtedly offend anyone, like me, who has actually dealt with the hardships of caring for a loved one unconditionally.

Though evidently some have interpreted this to be a feel good love story, I found it to be a sickening glorification of selfishness. It reminded me of similarly disturbing Woody Allen flicks which glorify Woody's sexual obsession of old men and young girls which audiences applaud, perhaps not knowing or caring to know about Woody's real life history of sexual abuse toward his daughter, Dylan. I can bet you that the creator of this film has a similar agenda of glorifying his or her own selfish behavior, passing it off as the spoils of love.

If you want to see a great movie that illustrates true, unselfish love in the face of a debilitating disease, check out "Away from Her" starring the great Julie Christie.

As much as I hate "Song for Martin" I actually recommend that you watch this movie to the end so that some of you can see how NOT to behave in a serious illness situation. This movie took hospice care back 100 years. Two stars out of ten, simply because I reserve 1-star ratings for snuff films like "Cannibal Holocaust" and "Electrocuting an Elephant".

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