A Song for Martin (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Grueling but honest depiction about the ravages of Alzheimer's. Yep, it's a downer.

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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 are 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.
Rating:
PG-13 (for sexuality, thematic elements and some language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
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Runtime:
Studio:
Nordisk

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Cast

Sven Wollter
as Martin
Viveka Seldahl
as Barbara
Reine Brynolfsson
as Biederman
Lisa Werlinder
as Elisabeth
Peter Engman
as Phillip
Lo Wahl
as Susanne
Kristina Tornqvist
as Dr. Gierlich
Viveka Seldahl
as Barbara
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Critic Reviews for A Song for Martin

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality.

Full Review… | July 19, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

June 6, 2003
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Full of unforgiving irony and quiet realism, A Song for Martin stands as a powerful and moving achievement.

August 31, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris.

Full Review… | July 19, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.

July 18, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for A Song for Martin

(** 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.

TTT C
TTT C

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

A very well acted, written, & directed film about a romance fighting a losing battle with an untreatable disease. The film itself is slow paced, but heavy on emotions since it addresses the progressive deterioration of the man's health, and it's crippling effect on him and his family. Even though the two met and fell in love while they were married to other people, you still feel bad for what they endure throughout the film. The two lead actors, and the supporting cast, did a great job to make this production a memorable one.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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