Once

BBB

(out of 5)


A street busker and an Czech immigrant connect over music in present-day Dublin after she hears him performing one of his heart-wrenching songs on the street for pocket change. They find they have a love of songwriting in common, which inspires more meetings and, eventually, their collaboration on his demo tape that he plans to take to London in order to reconnect with an old girlfriend and try his hand at making it in the music scene again. This simple, understated musical boasts two fine performances from the leads, both of whom are successful musicians in real life as well, but really comes alive when they crank out one tune after another. The sounds compensate beautifully for a story that is intentionally familiar and never particularly involving.


Bórd Scannán na hÉireann, , Radio Telefís Éireann, Samson Films, Summit Entertainment

Ireland, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by John Carney

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by Glen Hansard, 

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  2007

Independent Spirit Awards 2007.

National Board of Review Awards 2007.  

Online Film Critics Awards 2007.  

Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2007.  

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