Seventh Art Releasing | Release Date: April 22, 2011
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Summary: The world fell in love with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová when their songwriting collaboration in the film Once culminated in a jubilant Oscar win. But behind the scenes, where Glen and Markéta's on-screen romance became reality, a grueling two-year world tour threatens to fracture their fated bond. This music-filled documentary is an intimate look at the exhilaration and turmoil created by both love and fame. The film is about a real couple whose relationship exists in two planes simultaneously. The first plane is that of daily life as working musicians touring the world together. The second is rooted in a fiction created by the film Once. And because the fiction plane so closely resembles normal life, it creates a pressure, an expectation for these two planes to become one. The Swell Season is bookended by two versions of Markéta watching Glen busk 'Say it to Me Now'. The first takes place in the opening scene of 'Once' and the last at a live show at Radio City Music Hall. The first belongs to the fiction, the second to the awkward, sometimes ncomfortable reality, but its the shifting ground between them which forms the heart of this documentary.
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