The Swell Season

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The Swell Season


When they blended together in the poetic busker drama Once (2006), Glen Hansard and Markta Irglov seemed as perfect for each other as melody and harmony. This b&w backstage documentary reveals a more complicated dynamic. Strategically, it gets their Oscar win out of the way early (Hansard's mom keeps the trophy proudly on her kitchen table), moving on to grueling matters of the road and fidelity. At its best, this movie evokes the 2002 warts-and-all Wilco expos, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.—JR (AMC Village VII, Apr 22 at 10pm; SVA, Apr 25 at 9:30pm; Clearview Chelsea, Apr 29 at 3pm)

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