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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 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,…
“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…
¿Es fisiológicamente posible estar sonriendo durante 85 minutos seguidos? Es fisiológicamente posible estar sonriendo durante 85 minutos seguidos.
No me veréis nunca ondeando la bandera de los musicales ni de los dramas románticos, y mucho menos de los musicales dramaticorrománticos, pero Once ha conseguido conectar conmigo, supongo que gracias al aire de espontaneidad y realidad que transmite ese amor —imposible—.
When the film first began, I thought the film was going to be bad. However, once the two main characters finally met in the first five minutes, the film got better and better. Both the actors Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova gave great performances, they never overact or try to give Oscar worthy performances, they knew what characters they were playing and they played them very well. Also, both of the characters have excellent onscreen chemistry. The urban city of Dublin was explored very well with great tracking shots and the use of handheld camera shots. Since this film's main focus is on the music, the question is how is the music? Once the film ended, I immediately went to…
Film #14 for Scavenger Hunt 20 - November 2016
Task 19/30: A pre-2010 film shot on digital.
I saw Once once (ha!) when it came out. I remember liking it. I remember the music. I remembered nothing else. Now that I've seen it again, I realize why.
While the music is INCREDIBLE and the lead actor/musician, Glen Hansard, is terribly charming and genuine... the movie really doesn't have much else going for it. The movie part -- plot, characters, etc. -- was just meh. I mean, it was a nice little story, but nothing to write home about.
What makes Once so memorable and I think why so many people love it is due to the strength and emotionality of its music. That and the desire to see someone who is clearly so talented succeed.
A true love story.
Awesome movie and music! This movie is so simple yet so lovely. The pacing is perfect and the musical interludes are brilliant and add to the film. The ending is touching and beautiful, not expected at all. The lead actress is absolutely brilliant, a quiet and lovely presence in the film.
This film gave me so many feels! It broke my heart in so many places! Now, I just wanna see this on stage!
A film with more soul and passion than many others I've seen. The music is expertly crafted, and yet, there are moments in the film that say as much with silence as they do with sound. The characters are rather thin, but never in a bad way- their flesh lies in the notes they play, and it's up to us to interpret. The low level cinematography lends an intimate approach to the nega love story, leaving the audience at times feeling like a fly on the wall. All leading to a bittersweet ending that feels unavoidable yet completely controllable. This is a film that, like the music it's composed of, simply soars.
Annoying shaky cam, damn!
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