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A serendipitous meeting on the streets of Dublin between a down on his luck Irish street performer and a poor Czech immigrant sparks a bond that plays out in this hip, modern day music film. 'Once' follows the two as they write, rehearse and record the songs that reveal their unique love story.
Winner of the World Audience Award at Sundance, Once starts out as a small-scale romance, like Before Sunrise, before arriving somewhere unexpected. An Irish busker (Glen Hansard, the Frames and The Commitments) meets a Czech flower seller (Markéta Irglová) while singing on the streets of Dublin. (In the credits, they're listed as Guy and Girl.) She likes what she hears and lets him know. Turns out she's a musician, too. They work on a few songs together and a friendship is forged. She lives with her widowed mother, who doesn't speak English. He lives with his widowed father, who owns a repair shop. Since he broke up with his girlfriend, the guy has been drifting, unable and unwilling to get his life in order. The girl encourages him to pursue a record deal, and the guy emerges from his funk. Then he makes a move on the girl, who rejects his advances. He's confused, but as he comes to find, there's a reason shes keeping her distance. Though Once is filled with appealing folk-pop by Hansard and Irglová (released on CD as The Swell Season), the movie isn't a traditional musical, but rather a more optimistic Brief Encounter. Filmmaker John Carney, Hansard's former bandmate, captures the real city--in all its affluence and poverty--rather than the picture postcard version. His beautifully shot film serves as a heartfelt ballad about all the underclass Guys and Girls swept aside amidst Ireland's economic miracle. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Delightful and quirky (in a good way), this movie provides a glimpse of romance bracketed by fine music and even better acting.Published 13 days ago by Charles K. Rhoades
A great film, in a documentary style, and very beautiful music/talent. I now have the soundtrackPublished 18 days ago by Sasha Reynalds
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I have seen this film many times. It touched my heart. The film doesn't have a strong story but the songs are touching (and the duet). Absolutely love it.Published 21 days ago by Alex
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|any word on extras?||
You're in luck! There's at least one commentary, a "making-of" featurette, and I think there are deleted scenes. I was pleased with the extras.
Dec 29, 2007 by Amazon Customer | See all 4 posts
|Free download of "Falling Slowly"?||
I have the DVD. I'm not sure about a free download, but the DVD comes with a .wav file of the song "Falling Slowly" that you can drag to your computer's hard drive.
Mar 1, 2008 by D. E. Soliday | See all 3 posts
Don't know why but I got it for you!
Dec 19, 2007 by Samantha R. Seewald | See all 2 posts
|Wiltold Owski and Kate Haugh - the main actors?||Be the first to reply|