All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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 its 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…
“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…
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…
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…
Sweet story, and some nice music too. I am glad I picked it up, just fitting for a sunday afternoon.
Girl: How come you don't play during daytime? I see you here everyday.
Guy: During the daytime people would want to hear songs that they know, just songs that they recognize. I play these song at night or I wouldn't make any money. People wouldn't listen.
Girl: I listen.
There are movies that melt your heart. You cry, you feel the characters, you have a smile at the end of the movie. You think about the movie time to time. It remains with you. You play the movie when you are sad or happy or in love. And Once belongs everywhere.
It make too long to watch this movie, at first I was avoiding it because its genre was Musical…
Lovely. Hits you right in the feels.
Ugh. What was this about?
This film is so real and so heartfelt it never fails to make me emotional.
After watching Begin Again this was recommended to me. Highly I might add. Only thing is I liked Begin Again a lot better. That movie was happier where this was melancholy for one. For two this was an indie in every way which isn't a bad thing but it did seem a bit, uh cost effective. Not a bad tale and there is a lot more music here than in Begin Again but what story is there is a bit sad for my taste.
Raw, beautiful and deeply human, Once is a powerful, low-fi indie gem about the intimate connections that arise while making music. The power is created in the most natural way imaginable, often soaring when Carney simply observes Hansard and Irglova finding the magic of love and music in an improvised tune. While the vitality of music is undoubtedly at the forefront of Once, it's also a robust love story, refreshingly discerning between love and sex, finding sparks in simple conversations and glances rather than choreographed sex scenes.
The music is quiet and shattering, quietly powerful in it's utility in releasing these character's pent up emotions; their sorrow and worries. It's a unique entry into the musical genre, one usually comprised…
"Like any good musical, one gets lost in the power of the performance, but the lack of flash and down to earth nature of both the musical style and the performers gives the songs – and by extension their relationship – a genuine connection to even the least musically inclined."
The finest movie musical of this century, Once is a raw, beautiful, moving portrait of love and the power music has in bringing people together.
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