The Swell Season
The Swell Season (2011)

In 2008, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová captivated audiences and earned two Academy Awards for their musical collaboration in the film Once. As their fictional romance blurred with reality, they fell in love, recorded an album, and… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

The Swell Season wins the documentary prize for beating viewers over the head with gentleness, with the duo accentuated in rich, photographic chiaroscuro.

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William Goss

An emotional erosion captured by the trio in decidedly unromantic black-and-white.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

While the film may be monochrome, every colour of emotion is represented here, from elation in the creative process to anxiousness and disillusionment.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

A poignant documentary that tracks the fast rise and slow fall of the Hansard-Irglova fairy tale, through both tunes and tears.

Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Overall the film seems like a collection of bits and pieces, and it's hard to see how it could have much resonance for non-fans.

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Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The intimacy that results is candid and simple as the movie that, for good and ill, put them both center-stage in the first place.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

For Once lovers who needed a "what happened next?" epilogue, this one moves even as it chastises.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

A documentary that is every bit as intimate and disarming as the movie that made them famous...

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Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

A modest, mostly engaging behind-the-scenes documentary that nevertheless winds up feeling somehow incomplete.

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"The Swell Season" is a documentary that follows Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in the wake of the success with the movie 'Once,' as they… More

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