Sunday, January 27, 2008


Once is a little-known but quite astonishing Indy film that tells the intimate story of two lost souls living ragged lives in the tenement rows of the cold damp streets of Dublin. They meet on the gray crowded street, begin an tentative friendship and ultimately help the other find their way back through their complimentary and extraordinary musical talents.

"Guy", played by Glen Hansard is a broke street musician who helps his dad in his "sucker" (vacuum) repair shop and whose heart has yet to recover from the love of his life.

"Girl", played by Markéta Irglová is a near-single young mother and free spirit who lives with her mother, plays piano on the demos at the music store and wonders if her daughter's father will ever return.

In the mean time, "Guy" and "Gal" fall in love with each other as they express to each other the anguish of their past and their uncertain futures, together, or not?

Once was recommended as a musical, but not in the traditional sense. Produced with a $100,000 budget it's not even a typical Indy. A Will Smith movie spends that on Starbucks alone.

Rich with scenes of Dublin, romantic passages and musical vignettes, Once is a beautifully crafted, eloquently simple and surprisingly affecting film. The music, composed and performed by the players is as good as the film. I recommend the soundtrack as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The subtle and careful way the film maker develops the growing love between the two characters is what makes 'Once' a brillant film.

BTW - Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová put out a CD under The Swell Season a few of years back. Many of the tracks on this original recording appeared in the film and on the soundtrack to "Once" essentially re-relasing the material for a wider audience to hear. Glen Hansard is from the Irish band The Frames and also appeared in the Irish music film "The Committments".