Leonard Cohen. Where to start? The man deserves a quality, insightful documentary about his writing, poetry and music, and this film is about as far away from this as you could get.
The "documentary" consists of unknown journalists and studio types who vaguely knew or had some tenuous connection to Cohen at different stages of his career, and so the interviews generate precious little in the way of interest or insight. As for the music - it is clear that the company who made this farcical documentary could not afford or did not want to pay the money to licence his music, so we get no more than perhaps eight bars of perhaps eight songs in total (i.e. all you'll hear is the first two lines of "Suzanne", before we cut to another boring interviewer explaining how he mopped the floors in the corridor above the recording studio and how this gives him an insight into Leonard Cohen's work.)
A special mention must be given to the abysmal direction, which would not be out of place on a regional news programme. Each album cover is brought up by the kind of graphics last seen in the early 1980s, and just when you think things can't get any worse, they do. When in Suzanne we hear Cohen sing "you can watch the boats go by," the documentary cuts to an image of - some boats going by. At this point, I almost demolished my television set.
If you are a fan of Leonard Cohen, boycott this film and demand that a decent documentary be made. Unless the production crew were media studies students and this is in fact a piece of "A" Level coursework, anyone involved in this should be ashamed of themselves.