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The Song of Sway Lake Movie Review Film 2017

The Song of Sway Lake benefits from alluring, evocative atmosphere, although it isn't always enough to compensate for a shaggy narrative and overall lack of focus. Featuring a sparkling soundtrack of classic songs, as well as the stunning original of the title, The Song of Sway Lake is a romantic drama about the vanished grace of America and the spells cast by the melodies of lost time. You know.. it’s summer on Sway Lake, and the former playground of the jazz-age.. New York aristocracy. Ollie Sway a young music collector (Rory Culkin) recruits, a rowdy Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal rare vintage record from his own family's glamorous lake house. The young music collector believes that possessing the secret recording of the WW2-era hit.. “Sway Lake”, will magically boost his confidence with women and redeem his father, who committed suicide on the lake. The plan is set until the arrival of Ollie's beguiling grandmother, Charlie Sway, changes everything. Charlie immediately transfixes the young Russian and threatens to derail the boys’ mission with her own plans for the mysterious music that hasn’t been heard in half a century. This song may answer the deepest riddles about love, passion, death, and memory, for whichever lost soul is first to find it.

The Director: Ari Gold


The Producers: Ari Gold | Zak Kilberg | Michael Bederman | Allison Rose Carter

The Cast


Brian Dennehy
Elizabeth Peña
Isabelle McNally
Jack Falahee
Mary Beth Peil
Robert Sheehan
Rory Culkin
“The Song of Sway Lake” Press Breaks AIN’T IT COOL - September 20, 2018 - "Dr Grant visits THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE and wishes he could stay longer." Movie Review: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/80897 ANCHORAGE PRESS - September 13, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake: Melancholy Memories” by Indra Arriaga. Movie Review: https://www.anchoragepress.com/film/the-song-of-sway-lake-melancholy-memories/article_6edff730-b78d-11e8-aaf8-bfd3cc8c5fb7.html AUSTIN CHRONICLE - September 21, 2018 - "The Song of Sway Lake" by Marjorie Baumgarten. Mixed Movie Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars. https://www.austinchronicle.com/events/film/2018-09-21/the-song-of-sway-lake/ COURIER TRIBUNE - September 18, 2018 - “Smooth sailing for 'Sway Lake'” by Simonie Wilson. Movie Review: http://www.mycouriertribune.com/entertainment/smooth-sailing-for-sway-lake/article_15ee99a7-db84-5a50-9a78-a49ed2d57967.html ELEMENT OF MADNESS - September 19, 2018 - “Heed the call of “The Song of Sway Lake” where time wants to stand still” by Douglas Davidson. Movie Review: https://elementsofmadness.com/2018/09/19/the-song-of-sway-lake/ FILM THREAT - September 21, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Anthony Ray Bench. Movie Review: http://filmthreat.com/reviews/the-song-of-sway-lake/ HOLLYWOOD IN TOTO - September 21, 2018 - "‘SONG OF SWAY LAKE’ SHIMMERS WITH AMERICAN LORE" by Christian Toto. Movie Review: https://www.hollywoodintoto.com/song-of-sway-lake-review/ INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE - September 21, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake: A Review” by Aditya Sarangi. Movie Review: http://independent-magazine.org/2017/09/song-sway-lake-review/ JAMES WEGG REVIEW - September 11, 2018 - "THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE" by S. James Wegg. Movie Review: http://www.jamesweggreview.org/Articles.aspx?ID=2125 LA MOVIE BOEUF - September 18, 2018 - "The Song of Sway Lake (2017)" by David N. Butterworth. Movie Review: https://lamovieboeuf.wordpress.com/2018/09/18/the-song-of-sway-lake-2017/ MARK LEEPERS REVIEW - September 20, 2018 - "THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE" by Mark R. Leeper. Movie Review: http://leepers.us/sway.htm MARK REVIEWS MOVIES - September 20, 2018 - “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE” by Mark Dujsik. Movie Review: http://www.markreviewsmovies.com/reviews/S/songofswaylake.htm NEW YORK TIMES - September 20, 2018 - “Review: In ‘The Song of Sway Lake,’ Family Resentment Plays Out” by Ben Kenigsberg. Movie Review: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/movies/the-song-of-sway-lake-review.html PUNCH DRUNK CRITICS - September 21, 2018 - “Review: ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Starring Rory Culkin and Robert Sheehan” by Jordan Chisley. Mixed Movie Review: http://www.punchdrunkcritics.com/2018/09/reviews-song-of-sway-lake-starring-rory.html RADIO TIMES - October 5, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Jeremy Aspinall. Movie Review: https://www.radiotimes.com/film/gy7pbj/the-song-of-sway-lake/ REEL NEWS DAILY - September 28, 2018 - “Liz’s Review: ‘The Song of Sway Lake’” by Melissa Hanson. Movie Review: http://reelnewsdaily.com/2018/09/28/lizs-review-the-song-of-sway-lake/ ROGER’S MOVIE NATION - September 20, 2018 - “Movie Review: “The Song of Sway Lake” by Roger Moore. Movie Review: https://rogersmovienation.com/2018/09/20/movie-review-the-song-of-sway-lake/ SCREEN ANARCHY - September 24, 2018 - “Review: THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE (2017), a dream-like experience unlike any other” by Sebastian Zavala Kahn. Movie Review: https://screenanarchy.com/2018/09/review-the-song-of-sway-lake-2017-a-dream-like-experience-unlike-any-other-contrib.html SCREEN ANARCHY - September 20, 2018 - “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE Sings the Tune of Yearning and Legacy” by Martin Kudiac. Movie Review: https://screenanarchy.com/2018/09/review-the-song-of-sway-lake-sing-the-tune-of-yearning-and-legacy.html SHADOWS ON THE WALL - September 15, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Rich Cline. Mixed Movie Review: http://www.shadowsonthewall.co.uk/18/songsway.htm WORLD FILM GEEK - September 25, 2018 - “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE (2018) by Albert Valentin. Movie Review: https://worldfilmgeek.com/2018/09/25/the-song-of-sway-lake-2018/ CINEMALOGUE - September 21, 2018 - “Capsule reviews for Sept. 21” by Todd Jorgenson. Mixed review. http://cinemalogue.com/2018/09/21/capsule-reviews-for-sept-21-2/ PAT PADUA - September 28, 2018 - “Digging for Treasure: The Sisters Brothers and The Song of Sway Lake” by Pat Padua. Mixed review. https://patpadua.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/hunting-for-treasure-the-sisters-brothers-and-the-song-of-sway-lake/ RADIO TIMES - October 5, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Jeremy Aspinall. Movie Review: https://www.radiotimes.com/film/gy7pbj/the-song-of-sway-lake/ REEL NEWS DAILY - September 28, 2018 - “Liz’s Review: ‘The Song of Sway Lake’” by Melissa Hanson. Movie Review: http://reelnewsdaily.com/2018/09/28/lizs-review-the-song-of-sway-lake/ SCREEN ANARCHY - September 24, 2018 - “Review: THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE (2017), a dream-like experience unlike any other” by Sebastian Zavala Kahn. Movie Review: https://screenanarchy.com/2018/09/review-the-song-of-sway-lake-2017-a-dream-like-experience-unlike-any-other-contrib.html SPECTRUM CULTURE - September 25, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Dominic Griffin. Mixed review. https://spectrumculture.com/2018/09/25/the-song-of-sway-lake-review/ WORLD FILM GEEK - September 25, 2018 - “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE (2018) by Albert Valentin. Movie Review: https://worldfilmgeek.com/2018/09/25/the-song-of-sway-lake-2018/ WAMC RADIO - August 21, 2018 - "Director Discusses Film Shot In Adirondacks" by Pat Bradley. http://www.wamc.org/post/director-discusses-film-shot-adirondacks MOVIEMAKER MAGAZINE - August 6, 2018 - Exclusive: Boogie Woogie to Ari Gold’s Musically-Inclined Nostalgic Drama The Song of Sway Lake” by Grant Vance. https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/the-song-of-sway-lake/ PAGE SIX - July 18, 2018 - "Mary Beth Peil heading to Kew Gardens film fest" by Cindy Adams. https://pagesix.com/2018/07/18/mary-beth-peil-heading-to-kew-gardens-film-fest/ CALL ME ADAM - July 17, 2018 - "Call Answered: Ari Gold Interview: "The Song of Sway Lake" at Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema" by Adam Rothenberg. https://www.callmeadam.com/interviews/4gg6f5pzcxp8afhnhxb2dn8w6m2s64 FILM SCHOOL REJECTS - October 9, 2018 - “Brian Dennehy Looks Back on His Career and Marvels at the Talent Around Him” by Brad Gullickson https://filmschoolrejects.com/brian-dennehy-interview/ https://broadway.showtickets.com/articles/broadway-q-and-a-tony-nominee-mary-beth-peil-of-the-song-of-sway-lake-anastasia/ CLYDE FITCH REPORT - September 27, 2018 - “Stage Legend Mary Beth Peil: A Leading Lady on Film at Last” by Jose Solis. http://www.clydefitchreport.com/2018/09/film-mary-beth-peil-sway-lake/ FILM INQUIRY - October 4, 2018 - “Interview with Rory Culkin, Star of THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE” By Alex Arabian https://www.filminquiry.com/interview-rory-culkin/ NO FILM SCHOOL - October 3, 2018 - “‘If You Write A First Draft Slowly, I think You Can Overthink Yourself’: ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Director Ari Gold on Finding Your Story” by Max Winter https://nofilmschool.com/2018/09/song-sway-lake-director-ari-gold DAILY ACTOR - October 2, 2018 - “Interview: Brian Dennehy on ‘The Song of Sway Lake’, Acting and One Audition That Changed Everything” by Lance Carter. https://www.dailyactor.com/interview/brian-dennehy-song-of-sway-lake-acting-audition/ A.V. CLUB - October 3, 2018 - "INTERVIEW Brian Dennehy on DiCaprio, Rambo, and why Saoirse Ronan is the most talented actor around" by Marah Eakin. https://www.avclub.com/brian-dennehy-on-dicaprio-rambo-and-why-saoirse-ronan-1829430643 SCREEN PICKS - September 28, 2018 - “Interview: Rory Culkin Talks ‘The Song of Sway Lake.’” http://screenpicks.com/2018/09/interview-rory-culkin-talks-song-sway-lake/ AMFM-MAGAZINE - September 28, 2018 - “Diving Deep Into The Song of Sway Lake” by Christine Thompson. https://www.amfm-magazine.tv/diving-deep-into-the-song-of-sway-lake/ AIN’T IT COOL - September 28, 2018 - Dr. Grant talks inspirations and inspired casting with director Ari Gold and composer Ethan Gold of THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE.” http://www.aintitcool.com/node/80981 POP MATTERS - September 25, 2018 - "Like Ice to Water: Interview with 'The Song of Sway Lake' Director, Ari Gold" by Paul Risker. https://www.popmatters.com/song-sway-lake-ari-gold-interview-2607606043.html?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3 WORLD FILM GEEK - September 25, 2018 - FEELING “THE SONG”: AN INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ARI GOLD” by Albert Valentin. https://worldfilmgeek.com/2018/09/25/feeling-the-song-an-interview-with-director-ari-gold/ NEW YORK TIMES - September 25, 2018 - What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘This Is Us’” by Danya Issawi. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/25/arts/television/whats-on-tv-tuesday-doctor-who-and-this-is-us.html ANCHORAGE PRESS - September 13, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake: Melancholy Memories” by Indra Arriaga. Movie Review: https://www.anchoragepress.com/film/the-song-of-sway-lake-melancholy-memories/article_6edff730-b78d-11e8-aaf8-bfd3cc8c5fb7.html COURIER TRIBUNE - September 18, 2018 - “Smooth sailing for 'Sway Lake'” by Simonie Wilson. Movie Review: http://www.mycouriertribune.com/entertainment/smooth-sailing-for-sway-lake/article_15ee99a7-db84-5a50-9a78-a49ed2d57967.html ELEMENT OF MADNESS - September 19, 2018 - “Heed the call of “The Song of Sway Lake” where time wants to stand still” by Douglas Davidson. Movie Review: https://elementsofmadness.com/2018/09/19/the-song-of-sway-lake/ FILM THREAT - September 21, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake” by Anthony Ray Bench. Movie Review: http://filmthreat.com/reviews/the-song-of-sway-lake/ INDEPENDENT MAGAZINE - September 21, 2018 - “The Song of Sway Lake: A Review” by Aditya Sarangi. Movie Review: http://independent-magazine.org/2017/09/song-sway-lake-review/ SCREEN ANARCHY - September 20, 2018 - “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE Sings the Tune of Yearning and Legacy” by Martin Kudiac. Movie Review: https://screenanarchy.com/2018/09/review-the-song-of-sway-lake-sing-the-tune-of-yearning-and-legacy.html NEW YORK TIMES - September 20, 2018 - Review: In ‘The Song of Sway Lake,’ Family Resentments Play Out” by Ben Kenigsberg. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/movies/the-song-of-sway-lake-review.html FILM WAX RADIO - September 17, 2018 - "Ep 508: Ari Gold & Ethan Gold." http://filmwaxradio.com/podcasts/episode-508-2/ Ari Gold and Mary Beth Peil's appearance on AOL Build: https://www.buildseries.com/video/5ba00fec47e8a25d34e9508a/ LOS ANGELES TIMES - September 16, 2018 - "L.A. movie openings Sept. 21" by Kevin Crust. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-list-0916-movie-openings-20180916-story.html# THE NEW YORK TIMES - September 12, 2018 - Inclusion in Fall Movies 2018: Dive Into an Ocean’s Worth of Offerings” by Ben Koenigsberg. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/movies/fall-movies-calendar.html ET ONLINE - September 13, 2018 - "Rory Culkin Meets the Girl Who Will Change His Summer in 'The Song of Sway Lake' Clip (Exclusive)." https://www.etonline.com/media/videos/rory-culkin-meets-the-girl-who-will-change-his-summer-in-the-song-of-sway-lake-clip FILM INDEPENDENT - September 5, 2018 - "Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in September" by Su Fang Tham. https://www.filmindependent.org/blog/dont-miss-indies-watch-september-2018/ http://www.vueweekly.com/the-song-of-sway-lake-dives-deeper-than-your-average-summer-flick/ https://rogersmovienation.com/2018/09/20/movie-review-the-song-of-sway-lake/ https://www.hollywoodintoto.com/song-of-sway-lake-review/ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/movies/the-song-of-sway-lake-review.html https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/09/the_song_of_sway_lake_is_an_em.html#incart_river_index http://www.riocarnivalfanzine.com/wordpress/cinema-indipendente-the-song-of-sway-lake-un-film-sulla-musica-lamore-ed-i-ricordi/ LOS ANGELES TIMES - August 30, 2018 - Inclusion in "Virtually every film coming out this fall" by Kevin Crust. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-fall-sneaks-list-20180830-story.html BROADWAY WORLD - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE.” https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/The-Orchard-Dives-Into-THE-SONG-OF-SWAY-LAKE-20180530 DEADLINE - TWITTER - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Acquires ‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ For September Bow.” https://twitter.com/DEADLINE/status/1001857018829783040 IMDB - May 30, 2018 - “Rory Culkin’s Drama ‘Song of Sway Lake’ Bought for September Release” by Dave McNary. Re-posting of Variety. https://www.imdb.com/news/ni62071285?ref_=nwc_art_plk IRISH FILM CRITIC - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into “The Song Of Sway Lake”” by James McDonald. http://irishfilmcritic.com/the-orchard-dives-into-the-song-of-sway-lake/ SAN FRANCISCO GATE - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Swims to The Orchard" by Thom Geier. Re-posting of The Wrap. https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Rory-Culkin-s-The-Song-of-Sway-Lake-Swims-12955143.php SHOCK YA - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into The Song of Sway Lake by Acquiring the Drama’s American Distribution Rights” by Karen Benardello. http://www.shockya.com/news/2018/05/30/orchard-song-of-sway-lake-acquiring-american-distribution-rights/ THE WRAP - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Swims to The Orchard" https://www.thewrap.com/rory-culkins-song-sway-lake-swims-orchard/ DEADLINE - May 30, 2018 - "The Orchard Acquires ‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ For September Bow" by Patrick Hipes. http://deadline.com/2018/05/the-song-of-sway-lake-release-date-the-orchard-ari-gold-1202399662/ SCREEN DAILY - May 30, 2018 - The Orchard acquires 'The Song Of Sway Lake’” by Jeremy Kay. https://www.screendaily.com/news/the-orchard-acquires-the-song-of-sway-lake/5129752.article VARIETY - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s Drama ‘Song of Sway Lake’ Bought for September Release" by Dave McNary. http://variety.com/2018/film/news/rory-culkin-drama-song-of-sway-lake-bought-1202824846/ BROADWAY WORLD - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE.” https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/The-Orchard-Dives-Into-THE-SONG-OF-SWAY-LAKE-20180530 DEADLINE - TWITTER - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Acquires ‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ For September Bow.” https://twitter.com/DEADLINE/status/1001857018829783040 IMDB - May 30, 2018 - “Rory Culkin’s Drama ‘Song of Sway Lake’ Bought for September Release” by Dave McNary. Re-posting of Variety. https://www.imdb.com/news/ni62071285?ref_=nwc_art_plk IRISH FILM CRITIC - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into “The Song Of Sway Lake”” by James McDonald. http://irishfilmcritic.com/the-orchard-dives-into-the-song-of-sway-lake/ SAN FRANCISCO GATE - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Swims to The Orchard" by Thom Geier. Re-posting of The Wrap. https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Rory-Culkin-s-The-Song-of-Sway-Lake-Swims-12955143.php SHOCK YA - May 30, 2018 - “The Orchard Dives Into The Song of Sway Lake by Acquiring the Drama’s American Distribution Rights” by Karen Benardello. http://www.shockya.com/news/2018/05/30/orchard-song-of-sway-lake-acquiring-american-distribution-rights/ THE WRAP - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s ‘The Song of Sway Lake’ Swims to The Orchard" https://www.thewrap.com/rory-culkins-song-sway-lake-swims-orchard/ THE WRAP - TWITTER - May 30, 2018 - “Rory Culkin's 'The Song of Sway Lake' Swims to The Orchard.” https://twitter.com/TheWrap/status/1001930591242141697 DEADLINE - May 30, 2018 - "The Orchard Acquires ‘The Song Of Sway Lake’ For September Bow" by Patrick Hipes. http://deadline.com/2018/05/the-song-of-sway-lake-release-date-the-orchard-ari-gold-1202399662/ SCREEN DAILY - May 30, 2018 - "The Orchard acquires 'The Song Of Sway Lake’” by Jeremy Kay. https://www.screendaily.com/news/the-orchard-acquires-the-song-of-sway-lake/5129752.article VARIETY - May 30, 2018 - "Rory Culkin’s Drama ‘Song of Sway Lake’ Bought for September Release" by Dave McNary. http://variety.com/2018/film/news/rory-culkin-drama-song-of-sway-lake-bought-1202824846/ IMDb https://m.imdb.com/title/tt6371588/ IMDb user reviews https://m.imdb.com/title/tt6371588/reviews?ref_=m_tt_urv VOD http://radi.al/TheSongOfSwayLake Amazon Prime Video https://www.amazon.com/Song-Sway-Lake-Rory-Culkin/dp/B07HHX2BV8/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1537970099&sr=1-1&keywords=the+song+of+sway+lake Amazon (DVD- one copy in stock) https://www.amazon.com/Song-Sway-Lake-Rory-Culkin/dp/B07HCCWWZP iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-song-of-sway-lake/id1429485810?mt=6&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Fandango Now https://www.fandangonow.com/details/movie/the-song-of-sway-lake-2018/MMVF582BD28340B2673878C0AD0933132653

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The Song of Sway Lake The Song of Sway Lake

An artistic triumph. This film is a study of the classic American Ideal… Rory [Culkin] delivers his own tortured performance of a young man totally burdened by his family’s past. On the other hand you have the flamboyantly brilliant performance of Robert Sheehan as Nikolai. How beautiful the movie looked, the flawless acting, and the gorgeous music (written by… genius Ethan Gold). The Song of Sway Lake is a film about facing today, and tomorrow, with integrity and honesty.