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  • Summary: An intense account of the effect of Alzheimer's disease on a couple's love affair.
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  1. Viveka Seldahl and Sven Wollter will touch you to the core in a film you will never forget -- that you should never forget.
  2. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    90
    From its invitingly upbeat overture to its pathos-filled but ultimately life-affirming finale, "Martin" is a masterfully conducted work.
  3. 88
    Starts at the beginning and goes straight through to the inevitable end, unblinkingly. It doesn't relieve the pressure, as "Iris" does, with flashbacks to happier days.
  4. Sven Wollter and Viveka Seldahl give superb performances as the couple, a once-vigorous conductor and his orchestra's concertmistress. But soon ... well, you know the drill.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A touching examination of the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, made even more so by the extraordinary chemistry between Swedish actor Sven Wollter and his real-life wife, Viveka Seldahl, who died shortly after the film was completed.
  6. 70
    August so firmly establishes characters of Martin and Barbara and their relationship, so when the disease does enter the picture, the film does not suddenly become about that; the focus clearly remains on the effect it takes on the people.
  7. 50
    Starts in one direction, then performs a cruel narrative fake-out, sandwiching together two different movies that are scarcely related.

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