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Once (2007)

Cast: Glen Hansard, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, more...
Director: Gail Munley, John Carney, John Carney, more...
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Independent, Romance, UK, Musicals
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano playing florist in a toe-tapping "video album" directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Markéta Irglová) was a flower woman who couldn't afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician's songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

This is a lovely film by MKaliher January 29, 2008 - 6:19 PM PST
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
A woman and a man meet, get to know each other through shared music, and develop an affection for each other. As they do, the viewer is a fly on the wall during their interactions, and hears some great music. First-time actors Glen Hansard, whose character is a vacuum cleaner repairman by day and street singer by night, and Marketa Irglova, as a homely (in the Irish sense) flower vendor on the same street, make a great team. Their characters seem to be real people we might well know. And the actors appear to have worked closely with writer/director John Carney to come up with the unexpected culmination of the story, which was very affecting. If you're bored with the dysfunctional, violent, formulaic junk cranked out by overpaid committees in Hollywood, I highly recommend this film as an antidote to their poison.

Just about perfect by Vkampmeier December 22, 2007 - 1:13 PM PST
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
This low-budget movie was shot in 17 days using singers rather than professional actors, yet it's one of the most believable stories, touching and totally real, despite (or maybe because of) being conducted largely through song. The songs are gorgeous too. I'll remember this one for a long time.

They're right. by talltale December 19, 2007 - 8:35 PM PST
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I have yet to encounter one person who did not love this movie. And every review I've read said basically the same. Now that I've seen it, I'm a convert, too. Not since "The Commitments" have I found a film that got the music and the story so right--or connected the two so wonderfully. (ONCE was made on about 1/50 the budget of that Alan Parker film, yet goes it one better by being so fresh and un-forced.) The ending is as close to perfect as you are likely to find. Go for it.

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