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North Bend Film Festival 2021 Movie Review: ‘Swan Song’ (dir. Todd Stephens)

This is the role Udo Kier was born to play. We need to see more from him, so make sure this film isn’t his Swan Song. Come for the wicked dry comedy. Stay to see Kier lip sync Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” in drag.

To put it simply, Swan Song is about retired hairdresser escapes from his Ohio nursing home to fulfill a former client’s dying wish. There’s so much more to see than that, but a synopsis would never do it justice. [screening during the 2021 North Bend Film Festival]

This is the role Udo Kier was born to play. We need to see more from him, so make sure this film isn’t his Swan Song. Come for the wicked dry comedy. Stay to see Kier lip sync Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” in drag. Jennifer Coolidge pops up in a supporting role, and my only complaint there was we didn’t get more of her. The story couldn’t be more original, so I wasn’t surprised to see it was inspired by a true story. There’s so much heart but also so much heartbreak, and it strikes that balance so well.

For all my music fans out there, here is a brief sneak peek at some of the songs featured in Swan Song. A full-length “Super Soundtrack” feature will follow when the film gets its wide release, so stay tuned!

  • “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn
  • “1 Thing” by Amerie
  • “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul
  • “Supersonic Love” by Eddie Warner
  • “Here’s To Life” by Shirley Horn
  • “The Man That Got Away” by Judy Garland

Swan Song was directed by Todd Stephens and has a runtime of 105 minutes.

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