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Movie Review: Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

Alternate Title: Poetry in Motion

Story: I confess that my taste in music is closer to trailer park than Park Avenue. However, after seeing this eye-opening film about musician, poet, artist and philosopher Leonard Cohen, I am a new fan.

The largest portion of the film takes place during a tribute concert in Sydney in 2005. Cohen's works are performed by various artists who were influenced by his work including, Nick Cave, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Antony, Linda Thompson, the Handsome Family, Beth Orton, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, Perla Batalla, Julie Christensen, Joan Wasser and Bono & U2.

Director Lian Lunson interrupts the concert with a fabulous series of interviews with Leonard Cohen as he explains his work. I was riveted to every word he had to say. He is eloquent, seasoned and wise. He is truly a poet. I know I am late to the Leonard Cohen party but am on board now and even bought the CD on my way home.

For more information about the long career of Leonard Cohen, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cohen

Acting: No acting - just fabulous singing

Predilection: I like documentaries.

Soundtrack: Fabulous

Visual Art: Along with Cohen's other talents he is a wonderful visual artist and his drawings and paintings are used throughout the film.

Theater Audience: Just us and two other fans.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift for one second.

Weather: It was filmed indoors.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Nit Picking: For some reason director Lunson has these funny dots that appear all over the screen at various times. I don;t know what they meant but they were annoying.

Big Screen or Rental: Either would do.

Length: 104 minutes