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How often do you find the right person?
A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.
Once is a perfect example of capturing lightning in a bottle...
I started 'Falling Slowly' for John Carney's Once the moment Glen Hansard's falsetto (like discovering Jeff Buckley or Thom Yorke all over again) and Markéta Irglová's eargasmic harmony sent chills down my spine in the films award winning soundtrack moment. This film is all about those moments that are only possible with shared experience through the power of music and the heart yearning for connection, and boy does it all play out in the right tune in this little Irish gem - a film that has somehow eluded me 'til now.
The film in all it's simple elegance is many things; a portrait of emerging raw talent, a delicate…
You ever listen to a song so beautiful and amazing that it just causes you to break down and cry?
Once has a lot of those songs.
”It’s you I love.”
Two non-professional actors. A few heartfelt songs and a budget of just 112,000$. That’s all director John Carney needs to construct a miraculous collection of human emotions that tend to break your heart or uplift you depending on how you like to connect with the characters and the overall atmosphere of the film. With its unimaginable simplicity Once reaches the heights that many movies so desperately try to achieve with multi million dollar budgets, fake superstars and childlishly deformed stories of romance yet fail. Carney’s film manages to portray the most fundamental yet at the same time most profound emotions of us human beings and then through the magic of music transfers those earnest feelings into…
Once is a low budget movie that tells a love story through music between a bunker/vacuum cleaner repairman and an Czech immigrant. The two find each other on the streets of Dublin. The two leads are played by real musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Both do an outstanding job as I really liked these two characters. The story is pretty simple....but it seems very real. The music is excellent....it includes a song call Falling Slowly...which actually won an Oscar for Best Song.
What I really enjoyed about the movie is the fact that it does not follow the path of a normal love story. At first you think...."Ok these two will fall in love.....be happy.....reach an obstacle......break up.....and get…
“What's the Czech for "Do you love him"?”
It’s going to be very difficult to find another romantic musical feel as natural as John Carney’s Once. In most musicals when you hear the characters singing out their lines there is something that doesn’t feel authentic about it and you’re reminded that it’s just a movie, but in Once every moment unfolds in such a natural way that at times it feels as if you’re watching an intimate documentary of two passionate musicians. The relationship between the two leads also develops in a rather refreshingly authentic way and the story avoids all the worn out cliches found in most romantic films. The dialogue, the song writing, the performances, and the chemistry…
I was supposed to see this before I went to see Begin Again but I didn't had the time. I heard a lot of people saying that this film was great but I for no special reason I had not seen it before.
One of the most beautiful and honest films I have ever seen! I was completely overwhelmed with the love and dedication that was put forth by John Carney in this little (but very big) project that manages to carry so much with so little!
Once is a very simple and heartfelt story demonstrating a huge love for music, which makes sense. A world without music would not be the same and is due to the love for…
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Task #21. A film with a budget under $1 million (adjusting for inflation)
Once is as sweet as can be. It features amazing music. "Falling Slowly" might be my favorite original song from any film ever. The romance in this film is so genuine and adorable. All the actors give exactly what is needed. One of the most heartwarming movies I have ever seen.
Finally got to this after almost 10years... a bit let down after all the hype but it's a sweet film with genuine & subtle performances by talented musicians.
falling slowly, that is all
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Damn it! They fucked it up in the end, why? I don't need a film to tell me the real world sucks and people who should be together don't end up together. I live in the real world, I don't need to be reminded of it onscreen. Fuck this. This was such a good film until the end.
This is a perfect movie that's so perfect that it manages to make you forget that the two stars were fucking the entire time, despite a creepy age difference.
I love musicals. Once manages to subvert the genre cleverly and naturally while still being a musical. My favorite character is the studio tech who's a dick at first but then is won over by the music BECAUSE THATS THE MAGIC OF MUSIC, PEOPLE.
I did not like this movie. The music is great, but I had no connection to anyone in this movie. After the recording session, which is the highlight of the movie, I wanted it to be over. I didn't care if the main couple falls in love. I didn't care if they ran away together. I didn't care if they all died in a huge earthquake. I just didn't care.
Lovely film, with a beautiful concept and beautiful music. The low budget makes it feel more natural, and the characters have great chemistry.
You know, I would complain about the cinematography but most of the songs made me cry so my vision was blurry anyway.
If nothing else, Once is an enjoyable pseudo-romance with a lovely soundtrack. Its guerilla filmmaking style is refreshingly truthful and casual, but that comes at the cost of making more stylized segments of the film feel jarring. Additionally, a director is only allowed to pack so many montages into a movie that is under ninety minutes long. I had a pleasant smile on my face throughout the film though. It's all fairly plain, but at least it's authentic.
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