Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Director: Lian Lunson

2005| 98 mins USA

A riveting tribute concert and artful biopic combined, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man is an exquisitely drawn, revelatory portrait of a songwriter, poet, and philosopher who has long been out of the public eye. Soulful interviews become lyrical memoirs in and of themselves as Cohen generously shares anecdotes from his life (the Chelsea Hotel scene, tea and oranges with the real Suzanne) and humbly reflects on elusive big ideas like love and destiny. Perhaps most arresting is his mellifluous, breathtaking use of conversational language. Here, as in his songs, syntax, cadence, and voice tap into something both mystical and deeply grounded, at once dark and beautiful, as if sadness and joy flowed from the same well. Woven throughout the film are evocative performances of Cohen’s repertoire by illustrious crooning admirers, along with thoughtful testimonials by various artists like Bono. These attest to the powerful influence – and the self-deprecating, sly, funny, searching human being – that is Leonard Cohen.
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