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A Song for Martin (2001)

En sång för Martin (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Music, Romance | 16 March 2001 (Sweden)
Swedish composer/conductor Martin and concertmaster Barbara fall in love. After their divorces, they're happily married. While composing an opera, Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It slowly changes him.


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Bille August, Ulla Isaksson (novel)
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Credited cast:
Sven Wollter ... Martin
Viveka Seldahl ... Barbara
Reine Brynolfsson ... Biederman
Linda Källgren ... Karin
Lisa Werlinder ... Elisabeth
Peter Engman Peter Engman ... Philip
Klas Dahlstedt Klas Dahlstedt ... Erik
Lo Wahl Lo Wahl ... Susanne
Kristina Törnqvist Kristina Törnqvist ... Dr. Gierlich
Jonna Ekdahl Jonna Ekdahl ... Sara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claes Ahlstedt Claes Ahlstedt ... Erik
Alba August
Asta Kamma August ... (as Asta August)
Hanna Dorsin Hanna Dorsin ... (as Hanna Lövqvist)
Anna Eidem Anna Eidem


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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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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"Love is alive and present, even if its buried alive by brain disease"
19 December 2005 | by victorsargeantSee all my reviews

Caught this film late one night, cold Colorado winter night, and could not walk away to a warm bed.

Well done, cast and crew deserve to be proud of themselves, if this is the director's wish. Never knew much about Swedish foreign film.

Bergman, of course, but not this director. Echoes of Bergman were felt.

The actors who played the leads, Martin and Barabara were perfect and carried the story. I felt their love and pain.

The summer picnic conversation around Mozart's The Magic Flute, was the metaphysical key to the lock for me. Two questions are discussed, light overcomes darkness and even the departed, are still alive and above all love survives all.

Watching the different levels of old timers pull them down into its oblivion, we see the struggles of the two lovers grasping the threads of their love, against the winds of madness.

Nancy Reagen, remarked, "They know from their side, that they are being taken away, against their will, and the look of desperation is haunting. It is the worst stage of the disease." In the last scene, Barbara moves in to Kiss Martin, and he mistakes this movement, to mean food, and opens his mouth, like a bird....its poignant and sweet.

Would own this DVD, as it gave me something I want to keep. I want to know more about the director, and the two major actors now.


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16 March 2001 (Sweden) See more »

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