The True-Life Once Love Story Falls Slowly Apart In Upcoming Swell Season Documentary

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After touring the festival circuit, an acclaimed film starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová is set to open next month. Deja vu? Not quite. The big-screen return of the Once co-stars (and Academy Award winners) is in a black-and-white documentary named for their collaboration, The Swell Season. The trailer, embedded above, reveals The Swell Season to be a reflection-in-reverse of Once‘s love story: a no less honest portrayal of Hansard and Irglová falling out of love. What must have started as a boilerplate pitch about how the duo struggled with their newfound fame and mainstream acceptance became a window into the true-life love story that blossomed from the fictional one in Once, and the couple’s inexorable drift apart. We know how the story ends—Hansard and Irglová broke up, but remained musical collaborators—but not how they got there. For more, check the sneak peek at Vulture dating from the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.