It’s summer on Sway Lake, former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy. Young music collector Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal a one-of-a-kind vintage record from his own family's glamorous lake house. Ollie believes that possessing the secret recording of the WW2-era hit “Sway Lake” will magically boost his confidence with women - and redeem his father, who committed suicide on the lake. The plan is set until the arrival of Ollie's beguiling grandmother, Charlie Sway, changes everything. Charlie immediately transfixes the young Russian and threatens to derail the boys’ mission with her own plans for the mysterious music that hasn’t been heard in half a century. This song may answer the deepest riddles about love, passion, death, and memory - for whichever lost soul is first to find it. Featuring a sparkling soundtrack of classic songs - as well as the stunning original of the title - The Song of Sway Lake is a romantic drama about the vanished grace of America and the spells cast by the melodies of lost time.
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Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: The Song of Sway Lake benefits from alluring, evocative atmosphere, although it isn't always enough to compensate for a shaggy narrative and overall lack of focus.