August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality.
It may sound like a mere disease-of- the-week TV movie, but A Song For Martin is made infinitely more wrenching by the performances of real-life spouses Seldahl and Wollter.
| Original Score: 3/4
Upsetting and thought-provoking, the film has an odd purity that doesn't bring you into the characters so much as it has you study them.
It's so downbeat and nearly humorless that it becomes a chore to sit through -- despite some first-rate performances by its lead.
| Original Score: 2/4
Director-writer Bille August ... depicts this relationship with economical grace, letting his superb actors convey Martin's deterioration and Barbara's sadness -- and, occasionally, anger.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Full of unforgiving irony and quiet realism, A Song for Martin stands as a powerful and moving achievement.
| Original Score: B+
Martin and Barbara are complex characters -- sometimes tender, sometimes angry -- and the delicate performances by Sven Wollter and Viveka Seldahl make their hopes and frustrations vivid.
A delightfully simple, splendid love story between two older people ... a journey of life and love you won't want to miss.
More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris.
Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.
| Original Score: 4/4
The movie, for all its sincerity, becomes clinical and repetitious, though its unsparing vision of the fragility of identity can give you a shudder.
| Original Score: B-
An extraordinary Swedish film about the soul adventure of marriage -- the kind of intimate and character-driven film that Bille August does best.
This slow-moving Swedish film offers not even a hint of joy, preferring to focus on the humiliation of Martin as he defecates in bed and urinates on the plants at his own birthday party.
A touching examination of the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Mr. Wollter and Ms. Seldhal give strong and convincing performances, but neither reaches into the deepest recesses of the character to unearth the quaking essence of passion, grief and fear.
| Original Score: 2/5
An almost unbearably morbid love story.
Seldahl's Barbara is a precise and moving portrait of someone whose world is turned upside down, first by passion and then by illness.
Painful to watch, but viewers willing to take a chance will be rewarded with two of the year's most accomplished and riveting film performances.
A wrenching film about a romance between two people in their fifties, shattered when one becomes the victim of Alzheimer's disease.
August -- a pupil of Ingmar Bergman's -- manages to tell a tragic tale while avoiding the heavy-laden angst of a Bergman film.
| Original Score: 3/5