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      A Song for Martin

      PG-13 Released Jun 28, 2002 1h 57m Drama Romance List
      85% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 83% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In midlife, soul mates Barbara (Viveka Seldahl) and Martin (Sven Wollter) finally meet. At first, their mutual sexual attraction is disturbing and undeniable, but their love for music further fuels their passion. Martin is a composer and conductor, and Barbara is first violinist in a symphony orchestra which he guest-conducts. Although both are married, they refuse to renounce the happiness they finally have found, but their lives change when Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Read More Read Less
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      Grueling but honest depiction about the ravages of Alzheimer's. Yep, it's a downer.

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      Desson Thomson Washington Post August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality. Jul 19, 2003 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 19, 2002 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget. Rated: 4/4 Jul 18, 2002 Full Review Brian Gibson Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta) Rated: 3/5 Aug 18, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Aug 14, 2005 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 28, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      dave j Co-written, co-produced and directed by Bille August with elder violinist Barbara (Viveka Seldahl) and music composer/ conductor Martin choosing to leave their long time potential spouses to marry each other, and it isn't long "Martin" the title of the movie is referring to begins to show some of the first signs of alzheimer's forcing Barbara's hand to make adjustments. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Just because a movie has it's sad and even tear jerking scenes? Does not make the movie a downer. This movie is very much the opposite. Coming from someone who's mom passed from Alzheimer's. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member (** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Good cast but as the film when on, it lost my attention. A near-miss. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A very moving film. It moves along well and excellent acting. You cannot help but want this man to wake up from his brain's slumber. Wollter does this character amazingly. You watch him go from a proud independent man to that of a clueless child. The only criticism I have for this film is that there is something about this film that leaves you detached from the story. You never feel apart of the story. You only feel like a mere spectator. Still, it is worth your time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member This one was tough to watch, as a man who had been a brilliant composer slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's and his wife tried her best to keep him going. Absolutely brilliant portrayal by Steven Wollter as Martin and Viveka Seldahl as Barbara. The supporting cast was excellent and the emotions were never far from the surface. The music was divine. An altogether well done film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Powerful story about the crippling effects of Alzheimer's and all the people that drawn into the circle. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In midlife, soul mates Barbara (Viveka Seldahl) and Martin (Sven Wollter) finally meet. At first, their mutual sexual attraction is disturbing and undeniable, but their love for music further fuels their passion. Martin is a composer and conductor, and Barbara is first violinist in a symphony orchestra which he guest-conducts. Although both are married, they refuse to renounce the happiness they finally have found, but their lives change when Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
      Director
      Bille August
      Producer
      Bille August, Lars Kolvig, Michael Lundberg, Michael Obel
      Screenwriter
      Bille August, Ulla Isaksson
      Distributor
      First Look
      Production Co
      TV2 Danmark, SVT Drama, Film i Väst, Moonlight Filmproduction ApS, Svenska Filmkompaniet, Helkon Media AG, Sveriges Television
      Rating
      PG-13 (Sexuality|Thematic Elements|Some Language)
      Genre
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      Swedish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 28, 2002, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $28.0K
      Runtime
      1h 57m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby SR