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The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - the duo behind the band the Swell Season - when their songwriting collaboration in the indie film Once culminated in a euphoric Oscar® win. Behind the scenes, though, a grueling two-year world tour threatened to destroy their remarkable bond.
Offering an intimate glimpse into the exhilaration and the turmoil of both love and fame, THE SWELL SEASON follows Glen and Markéta through a three-year period of incredible intensity, pressure and passion. As the two wake up in strange towns and navigate a new realm of public exposure, they undergo intense changes that lead them to question their love, their ambitions, and their identities. Ultimately, the audience witnesses the unraveling of a romance and the reconfiguring of a beautiful musical collaboration.
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"The Swell Season" is not a movie that promises over-the-top drama, it has a quiet power that sneaks up on you. Initially, it seems that Hansard and Irglova are perfectly in sync. But through small moments, we see Irglova start to pull away and Hansard start to become more and more affected by her withdrawal. The pair seem like great pals throughout, even as their romance appears to dissipate, and you become quite invested in the progression of their relationship. No one is right, no one is wrong. Each is just affected by the tour and its subsequent responsibilities in a different way. Both are refreshingly candid, and don't seem particularly conscious of the camera filming every second of their interactions.Read more ›
"The Swell Season" is a documentary named for the band Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová formed around the time that "Once" was made.
Unfortunately, while the movie The Swell Season contains some special moments providing insight into what it must have been like for them to get swept up in the whirlwind that "Once" brought about, it lacks a thread for the viewer to hold on to. It doesn't seem to flow either chronologically or thematically. For example, we're told the couple became romantically involved, and then subsequently split up, but it isn't really clear from the movie when either of those moments happened.
But I still gave it 3 stars because of the special moments, including:
-- interviews with Glen's parents
-- scene of band members singing Irish folk songs around a table after a gig
-- scenes of songwriting
-- scenes of concert tour (live music from the band)
Above all, if you haven't seen "Once", then see it immediately before even thinking of seeing this movie.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Powerful documentary about two artists who produced great work together. Provides a very candid perspective about what happens to a professional-romantic relationship after you... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Mary Conway
'Once' said it best, and 'The Swell Season' says it again: sometimes the One cannot be the one. Heartbreaking and beautiful, this behind-the-scenes look at Hansard and Irglova's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Olivia
Like many my wife & I fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. These two musicians had a relationship that just moved your heart. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Glenn
Wow. Maybe more than they wanted to share, but share with us they did. A beautiful and sad and lovely and fun documentary. And the music? The best.Published 14 months ago by Nolan Winkler