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Ari Gold - 94 min
  • DIRECTOR: Ari Gold
  • STARRING: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil, Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, Jack Falahee, Brian Dennehy

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It’s summer on Sway Lake, former playground of the jazz-age New York aristocracy. Young music collector Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal a one-of-a-kind vintage record from his own family's glamorous lake house. Ollie 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.

But the arrival of Ollie's beguiling grandmother, Charlie Sway, changes everything. The vision of the matriarch transfixes the young Russian - and Charlie has her own plans for the mysterious music, which hasn’t been heard in half a century. For this song may possess the answer to the deepest riddles about love, passion, death, and memory - for whichever lost soul is first to find it.

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.



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5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful film

September 13, 2018
I saw the film at a film festival in Los Angeles, and enjoyed every minute. The story is compelling and unconventional, the acting is excellent and the direction and cinematography are sumptuous and lush. The music is gorgeous, particularly the title song "The Song of Sway Lake". The film is romantic, funny, captivating and overall fantastic. Highly recommended!

Leslie Buschell
5 out of 5 stars

Lush, spellbinding film

September 6, 2018
I saw this movie at the Woodstock Film Festival where my husband and I thought it was the best film. It’s a deceptively simple story about boys hunting for a lost record, but the uncovering of the music and the past of glamorous old New York ripples out in incredible layers. I will also say that we found Mary Beth Peil extra-inspiring as a gorgeous 75-year-old who bewitches the young Russian...! (We went to see her in Anastasia on Broadway too.) So happy this brilliant movie is finally in theaters because it is a real treat to see on the screen!