Movie Review – The Song of Sway Lake (2017)

The Song of Sway Lake, 2017.

Director: Ari Gold.

Starring: Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Isabelle McNally, Mary Beth Peil, and Elizabeth Peña.

Synopsis :

A young jazz obsessive enlists his only friend, a Russian drifter, to help steal a rare vinyl record from his family’s holiday lake house.

The Song of Sway Lake is certainly a curious film. Ambitious in its desire to conjure up the wistful dreaminess of listening to jazz in a hot and scenic locale, the film can’t be faulted for not having lofty ideals. Unfortunately, it’s in the execution that things get more than a little muddled and confused.

The set up is this: Ollie, a young slacker-ish jazz fan (Rory Culkin) and Sergei, his best friend, a Russian drifter, set off to the former’s family holiday home of Sway Lake to hunt down a rare 78 vinyl record that’s really valuable. Just
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