Once dir. by

17 April 2007

Genre: ,
Cast: ,
Rated :

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA busker and a Bis Issue seller meet on the streets of Dublin. He also repairs hoovers, which is handy, as she has a problem with hers.[1] He fixes it. She asks him to sing. They talk and chat and sing and write songs. Eventually they even record a song.

Not much of a storyline it it?

But this is still a very charming, if slight film. And if you are a fan of Glen Hansard’s music then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Personally, I like a lot of The Frames stuff, but I don’t love any of it, and often think that Hansard gets a bit too whiney at times. I couldn’t listen to him all day long. Still I did enjoy the music in this film, and that is important because there is a lot of it.

I’ve tagged this film a romance, but it isn’t really. It is more of a film about people getting on in life. A moment in time. All that sort of thing. It is a small film but an enjoyable one.

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  1. they both remain unnamed throughout the film

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11 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    Haven't heard of this, or the people in it, or the music, but all you had to say was 'very charming' and you had me interested. I like charming films, even more when they introduce me to actors I haven't seen and music I haven't experienced. Very cool, I'll be on the lookout for this coming to Netflix sometime.

    <li class="authorcomment">Carl it hasn't been released in the States yet, but there might be one so it may take a while for it to arrive on dvd. But it isn't one that you need to watch on the big screen.

  2. Carl V. says:

    Done! Netfix doesn't have it yet but they have it listed so I added it to my SAVE list.

  3. Harlequin says:

    I like the posters around Dublin where a carefully drawn 'P' has been added before the title – Hansard's talented but his up-his-own arsiness annoys me.

  4. lorcan says:

    Harlequin, can you give an example?

  5. Kailana says:

    I have never heard of this movie before, but then, my town sucks movie-wise, so it shouldn't surprise me.

    <li class="authorcomment">It is a pretty small film, so don't be surprised if it never arrives in the cinema.

  6. Harlequin says:

    Lorcan – examples of the arsiness are everywhere! Especially on the live CD. Or when he tells people at his gigs to be quiet! :-)Examples of the poster are no longer around but there was one on Church Street, near the Law Library.

  7. Nymeth says:

    I hadn't heard of this movie either, but it definitely sounds interesting.

  8. John says:

    Hi. Email me at john.maybee@fox.com to discuss ONCE. I am working on the film.

  9. Sounds really good – description reminds me a little of Before Sunrise… but perhaps nothing to do with it? All the same I must check it out!

  10. Fence says:

    Haven't seen Before Sunrise so can't really comment. Once is a decent film. Seems to be doing quite well, and has won a few awards.

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