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Wanted to love it, but...
on March 20, 2012
Anyone considering buying or renting or otherwise viewing this movie is almost certainly a fan of the movie "Once". I am among that group, and think that "Once" is in my list of top-10 movies of all time. They captured lightning in a jar with that movie.
"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.