a beguiling tale of music, heartbreak and life with Leonard Cohen

Dir: Nick Broomfield. 12A cert, 102 min

Sun, sea, free love, and songs of regret: the Greek island of Hydra, where Leonard Cohen bought a small house in 1960, sounds like a balmy dream for expat artists in that decade. It was also an idyll guaranteed to end in tears. “When you’ve lived on Hydra, you can’t live anywhere else, including Hydra,” Cohen once said. It was here that he first met his muse and lover Marianne Ihlen – a previously-married Norwegian with a six-month-old son named after his father, the writer Axel Jensen.

The vulnerable Marianne and then-little-known Leonard quickly fell in love. She would be the dedicatee for Cohen’s poem collection Flowers for Hitler, and her photo adorned…

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