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A follow-up to the much loved “ONCE” – “The Swell Season”

I just saw this on Rotten Tomatoes:

“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 embarked on a world tour. Fueled by two years of exhilaration, performance, and psychological turmoil, The Swell Season is much more than a music documentary. It is a volatile and intimate portrait of a romance that fractures in the face of life on the road and personal tragedy. As Glen and Markéta’s relationship unhinges, ultimately music prevails as their enduring connection. — (C) Official Site”

I remember hearing an interview of them on NPR, where they talked about working together, breaking up, and writing together.  At the time, someone remarked, “Oh, isn’t that awkward?”  I hope The Swell Season will be as gentle and lovely as Once was.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Once is a short, beautiful film about love and music.  It is one of the sweetest movies I have seen, both real and idealistic, and filled with beautiful songs written by the two leads.  The trailer gives a slight feel for the movie’s tone, but I think the music speaks more.

“A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano playing florist in a toe-tapping “video album” directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Mark (C)ta Irglov) was a flower woman who couldn’t afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician’s songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi”

The Swell Seasons opens to limited release on October 7, 2011.

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