Written May 13, 2007
I really fell in love with this film when I saw it at a showcase earlier this year. I encourage everyone to check it out. It is a small Irish movie with a lot of great music. It is charming and funny, but not cloyingly so as can happen with small American indies. An album of the music, entitled THE SWELL SEASON, can be found on iTunes. I hope those that can find it (I think it's only in NY and LA to start) will see it right away so hopefully it will get a wider release.
Written August 29, 2009
This movie is intimate and bittersweet. The music, characters, and performances are all wonderful. The cinematic style is "vonTrier-esque." It hits all the right notes with its humor and restraint, and its love of music is contagious. There are times in the movie when I craved more backstory, but ultimately, I didn't need it. If you like artful films which ignore hollywood convention, I think you will like this film. If you are patient and enjoy being drawn in to movies, musical performances, the creative process, and a budding relationship (with complexities), I think you will adore this film. Having seen it, I can't stop reflecting on it.
Written February 27, 2008
What a great movie this is. We have seen it a number of time in the theater and a few more times on DVD. We even have both versions of the soundtrack.
If you haven't seen this movie, please make a point to. It will make you smile, and it will make you cry, but most of all you'll go away talking about it and humming the music.
Also a huge Hazzah to Glen and Marketa for their Oscar for "Falling Slowly" A wonderful song and touching.
Written October 11, 2007
Definitely worth seeing. Great music and great acting. It tells a nice love story while managing to steer clear of sappiness or triteness. Good little movie that will stay with you. Consider picking up the soundtrack, too!
Written October 20, 2007
This was a creative, engaging and delightful movie. It was an unexpected breath of fresh air. The story, acting and music kept me rivoted. I was disappointed when it ended. This film took me back in time to when movies were clean, wholesome, devoid of sex and profanity and basically told a story worth telling.