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The Swell Season

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Chris Dapkins, Carlo Mirabella-Davis & Nick August-Perna

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: What emerges is a poignant commentary on the uneasy commingling of love and fame. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Oct 20, 2011

Rotten: Swell never really gathers momentum, remaining a collection of moments, some more privileged than others. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Oct 3, 2011

Fresh: It's an accomplished piece of filmmaking from the trio, who are making their feature-length documentary debut. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 7, 2011

Fresh: Sensitive doc manages to show Once duo as both blissed-out lovers and post-romance partners without overdramatizing the transition. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Oct 3, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Very powerful -

I've been a frames fan for years before the swell season and this was a powerful and beautiful look at glen hansard

I love their music but...

this movie really painted a poor picture. It's sets up them up as ungrateful spoiled kids who don't want to make music anymore, or want to put any effort into keeping their fan base. Every scene is consists of 'my life is miserable or I don't want to be recognized anymore. I wish I never watched this film because I respected them as musicians, now i'm not so sure anymore.

the swell season

Indeed a very powerful look at relationships, most inspiring to take the musical journey with all involved.

The Swell Season
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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