More a poetic meditation than a conventional narrative, writer/director Tim Sutton's "Pavilion" follows 15-year-old Max and his some time friends through a languorous summer. Nothing much happens beyond Max leaving his mother in Cazenovia, New York, to spend time with his mostly absent father in Chandler, Arizona. Neither parent figures in events beyond a minimal presence.
The Swell Season meanders through the slow unraveling of the fragile relationship it follows over two years. That the couple under scrutiny is Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova gains the documentary some affection since Glen and Mar achieved a measure of fame after starring in the 2006 independent film Once. In it, they became a couple on and off screen.