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A Song for Martin

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Danish director Bille August's (PELLE THE CONQUEROR) touching tale is about finding a great love and losing it too quickly. Barbara (Viveka Seldahl), the first violinist in a Swedish philharmonic, is immediately, deeply attracted to Martin Fischer (Sven Wollter), a famous composer who is guest conducting his new work. Both Barbara and Martin are good-looking, middle-aged, and married to other people. Despite the obstacles, they fall passionately in love, and soon enjoy a blissful, charmed life together as husband and wife. They live in a quaint house by the sea, and work together on Martin's compositions. However, Martin begins displaying some unnerving behavior--he forgets his manager's name, and has sudden, terrifying moments of blankness where he doesn't recognize the house. When Martin is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he tries to continue composing his new opera, but the cruel irony of an artist's instrument--his mind and memory--being destroyed (as in IRIS) is soon apparent. Meanwhile, Barbara struggles to cope as her virile, brilliant husband deteriorates into a confused, weak man she doesn't recognize. Wollter embodies the shambling, empty physicality of Alzheimer's to perfection, while Seldahl (Wollter's real-life wife) realistically portrays the frustration, anger, and sorrow of the loved ones forced to watch.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FLP97109

  • Credits
    Viveka Seldahl, Sven Wollter, Reine Brynolfsson, Lisa Werlinder, Linda Kallgren, Peter Engman, Klas Ahlstedt, Kristina Tornqvist, Jonas Falk
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Harrowingly sad....Mr. Wollter and Ms. Seldhal give strong and convincing performances..."
    New York Times

    "...August's film is wrenching and touching in a grand Swedish tradition; strong stuff, but quite worthwhile..."
    Premiere

    "...Poignant....Seldahl's performance embodies the feelings of Barbara so completely that the pain of her loss becomes palpable..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Its unsparing vision of the fragility of identity can give you a shudder..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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