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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.
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.
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…
”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…
What a deeply, gentle film we have here. John Carney created a delicated story about the pursuit of dreams and love. Once is a simple narrative story, counting only with two lead protagonists, nameless and real to follow. Played by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are two humble peoples who suddenly met each other and enjoy their love for music.
The film is not ambitious in what proposes, only is here to tell a story of dream and music, if I said love at the beginning, it's because it jours too much of a past feeling from the protagonist, in every song he sung about her ex, and his sudden affection by the Girl. Also the love for the music,…
The simple film format certainly works for the story but something felt missing from it. I want to praise Once's subtlety but at the same time I'm left craving more.
I often feel like musical collaborations are at their best early on, before the messiness of conception gets refined and codified and all the quirks of pure intuition get 'improved' out. And I mean very early on, as in probably before even playing a show, which happens to be the very stage of collaboration Once dramatizes exclusively. Too bad then that these buskers go from 0 to Starbucks-ready in the span of a verse and a chorus, skipping all the good stuff!
John Carney loves telling this underdog band with a dream story, but he also can't resist polishing the underdog-ness away and getting to the hits as soon as possible. Fair enough; while this was generally even more off-putting…
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An unnamed Guy fixes vacuum cleaners during the day and sings and plays the songs he writes on the streets of Dublin at night. He meets a Girl---a pretty Czech immigrant who goes by doing odd jobs during the day, takes care of her mom and daughter at night, and plays the piano and writes songs when she has the time. They meet and because of their love for music, formed a band and recorded some songs that might help the Guy land a music contract when he travels to London. In the days that they are together, they write songs that express their feelings towards one another---a budding romance that, sadly, ended too soon.
Once is a sweet and…
A melhor coisa aqui é essa ideia de romance que ele parece querer colocar para logo depois se afastar completamente disso, tornando esse um filme que apresenta a amizade entre essas pessoas ao mesmo tempo que trabalha com o amor voltado todo pra música. Aliás, todas as músicas do filme são belíssimas e somente por isso ele funciona tão bem.
A certeza que ficarei com a soundtrack na minha cabeça.
Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful.
Once is a good movie, there is no denying that. Director John Carney knows how to craft a quality film and knows how to use music in his films. In fact the music is the clear stand out of this film. It's soundtrack is breathtaking and would have to be one of the greatest original soundtracks in cinema history.
I think the biggest issue I have with this film is the hype that was around this film. I expected this movie to be great, the only problem with that is the acting is not always the strongest. These are two musicians, two amazing musicians, by trade who are doing an admirable job acting. Unfortunately there were too many times where…
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Hace un tiempo me quejaba de lo pretenciosas que eran las películas de Makoto Shinkai y esta película es todo lo contrario.
Es una historia íntima, sin pretensiones, que te llega a la patata con muchísima facilidad y que me ha emocionado a pesar de lo poco que me suele gustar este género.
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