A Song for Martin
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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"August ... steers this story to its stirring conclusion with firm lack of sentimentality."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"More honest about Alzheimer's disease, I think, than Iris."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Kim Morgan, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A touching examination of the ravages of Alzheimer's disease."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's so downbeat and nearly humorless that it becomes a chore to sit through -- despite some first-rate performances by its lead."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A delightfully simple, splendid love story between two older people ... a journey of life and love you won't want to miss."
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
"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."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"Full of unforgiving irony and quiet realism, A Song for Martin stands as a powerful and moving achievement."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"The movie, for all its sincerity, becomes clinical and repetitious, though its unsparing vision of the fragility of identity can give you a shudder."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"An extraordinary Swedish film about the soul adventure of marriage -- the kind of intimate and character-driven film that Bille August does best."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A wrenching film about a romance between two people in their fifties, shattered when one becomes the victim of Alzheimer's disease."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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