OnceDirector: John Carney
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A Dublin-based busker and vacuum-cleaner repairman enters into a fruitful relationship with a piano playing florist in a toe-tapping "video album" directed by John Carney and featuring a cast comprised entirely of professional musicians. He (Glen Hansard of the Frames) was a six-stringed street musician. She (Markéta Irglová) was a flower woman who couldn't afford to purchase a piano of her own. One day, after admiring the musician's songs and asking if he would take a look at her broken vacuum, the flower-pushing piano player discovers that she shares a remarkable sonic rapport with the mechanically savvy guitarist. As their musical sensibilities quickly converge to striking effect, the talented pair soon determines to record an album together.
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- Fox Searchlight
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Cast & Crew
|Glen Hansard||The Busker|
|Markéta Irglová||The Girl|
|Hugh Walsh||Timmy Drummer|
|Gerry Hendrick||Lead Guitarist|
|Bill Hodnett||Guy's Dad|
|Danuse Ktrestova||Girl's Mother|
|Darren Healy||Heroin Addict|
|Witold Owski||Man Watching TV|
|Krzysztos Tlotka||Man Watching TV|
|Tomek Glowacki||Man Watching TV|
|Attila Kouvacs||Man Watching TV|
|Sean Millar||Bank Manger|
|Catherine Hansard||Singer at Party|
|Pete Short||Singer at Party|
|Fergus OFarrell||Singer at Party|
|Bob Hoban||Shop Assistant Bogarts|
|Martina Akindojctimi||Person On Stoop|
|Ruslan Mannanu||Person On Stoop|
|Francis Usanga||Person On Stoop|
|Price Tylot Khumaho||Person On Stoop|
|Joe Adebe||Person On Stoop|
|Bernard Gibsenen||Shop Assistant|
|Paul Clarke||Shop Assistant|
|Maire Walsh||Lady on Bus|
|Dave Cleary||Host at Party|
|Keith Byrne||Guy in Piano Shop|
|John Carney||Director,Camera Operator,Screenwriter|
|Ron Coe||Camera Operator|
|David Collins||Executive Producer|
|Tamara Conboy||Production Designer|
|Tiziana Corvisieri||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Noemi Ferrer||Executive Producer|
|Robert Flanagan||Sound Mixer|
|Tim Fleming||Camera Operator,Cinematographer|
|Glen Hansard||Score Composer|
|Markéta Irglová||Score Composer|
|Riad Karim||Art Director|
1. Robbed [3:32]
2. 'Say it to Me Now'/Main Titles [2:32]
3. 'All the Way Down' [2:08]
4. The Hoover [1:37]
5. 'Falling Slowly' [:16]
6. 'Broken-Hearted' [2:27]
7. What? [1:14]
8. My Home [:13]
9. Romantic Streak [:12]
10. 'If You Want Me' [6:10]
11. 'Lies' [:04]
12. Hard Bargain [:26]
13. 'Gold' [1:31]
14. Uncertain Future [1:29]
15. 'Trying to Pull Myself Away' [2:31]
16. 'When Your Mind's Made Up' [4:22]
17. 'Fallen From the Sky' [2:28]
18. 'The Hill' [:34]
19. The Car Test [3:53]
20. Proposition [:04]
21. "Brilliant!" [4:37]
22. Part of Me [:09]
23. Eyes That Know Me [3:35]
24. 'Once'/End Titles [2:55]
Languages: English Dolby Surround
Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround
Languages: Commentary With Writer/Director John Carney and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Languages: Musical Commentary With Writer/Director John Carney and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Commentary With Writer/Director John Carney and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - On
Commentary With Writer/Director John Carney and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - Off
Musical Commentary With Writer/Director John Carney and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Making a Modern Day Musical
More Guy, More Girl
Webisodes: Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
Webisodes: Download "Falling Slowly" From the Motion Picture Soundtrack
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I bought this movie pretty much "sight-unseen". I had only read the reviews and thought it sounded good. I loved it! The very first time I watched it, I cried when the characters sang "Falling Slowly". Just a simple story, no glitz, no high-powered action, no big-name stars; only the beauty of the human heart. The interaction between the characters is real, honest and very believable. I recommend it to everyone that enjoys a sweet and real storyline. (And the music is great!!)
The movie is not out yet, but I am enjoying the CD very much...different from the usual fare, very melodic...excellent!
I saw this movie in the theater four times! It is really something to marvel. It's simple songs and powerful message completely capture your heart and lyrical soul. It's tale of love is one of truth. With infatuation and heart break blending like no film I have seen before. A highlight of the film is early on when Glen Hansard and his muse introduce us to "Falling Slowly." This film is not one to be missed by music lovers and hopeless romantics alike.
There is much to love about the quirky little film ONCE: it is honest, simple, transparent, and made with a low budget and lots of love. The leading characters are gentle people who happen to sing as well as act and the love story they create is a fragile little tale that remains in the air as a nice memory after the credits are past. A Dublin busker (Glen Hansard) is a songwriter and singer who plies his music on the streets when his is not helping his warmly generous father (Bill Hodnett) in his vacuum repair shop: his songs reflect a ruptured love affair and are sensitively poignant. Along comes a Czech girl (MarkÃƒÂ©ta IrglovÃƒÂ¡) who sells flowers on the streets but is impressed enough with the lad's music to stop, listen, and even put ten cents in his case. The two strike up a friendship (the girl plays the piano in a music shop during lunch hour) and in time these two bruised people interact in the wavelength of their love of music. The lad meets the girl's daughter and mother (Danuse Ktrestova) - the father of the child is still in the Czech Republic -, they all become friends, and with the help of a few fellow musicians they cut a recording that hopefully will launch the lad's career in a trip to London. The mood of the extemporaneous feeling piece is one of developing love that can only happen once, especially given the histories of each of the two musicians. Writer/director John Carney demonstrates how a simple story can be made into a touching film for under $150,000. and on a shooting schedule of 17 days. The featurettes have just as much tenderness in outlining the production of the film as the film itself. The only problem with the film for this viewer is the music, which seems redundant and repetitive: for those who favor this type of music this will not be a 'flaw'. It is admirable that films like this are being made, restoring our faith in honest craftsmanship backed by warmth of intent. Grady Harp
No Hollywood actors! Real musicians write the music and make a movie. For such a low budget, truly outstanding art work! The music is timeless and will be appreciated for generations to come as some of the best singer/songwrite work to ever be produced. If you haven't seen it, now is the time! You will find the must must own the DVD and the CD! The duo are now playing sold out (months in advance) concerts throughout the the US. Hope to hear more from them!
A very small piece of life and relationships is one of the best films of 2007 or for that matter any year. The two people are real and you care deeply for them. The ending was realistic and satisfying as true to life!
A wonderful film!!! It is an inpirational story told through music. The characters are wonderful, because they are very natural. The music is really great, saw the band "The Swell Season" live. Have the movie soundtrack in my car :). Great!!!!
..... you must see it more than once! While the accents of the principle players are heavy (Irish & Czech) the message they convey is pure magic. No hot and heavy gratuitous sex, just heart-swelling love and mutual appreciation. Great movie, beautiful music.
A different movie than the usual lot out today, which is quite refreshing. I loved the music, especially the song "If You Want Me" played during the music shop scene. I would like to buy the soundtrack. The story is simple, romantic and a little sad. I think it struck me because it seemed so plausible. I reccommend this movie but those who choose to watch it should know that some parts seem slow but again I found this slowness refreshing. Hope this review was helpful.
This movie is one that may surprise some. It is made to look like it was a cheap movie but that is the feel the director wanted. And the actors are the real singers for the movie and are real singers in real life. It is an amazing story between two people. And filmmakers and movie watchers alike will love. I enjoyed it thoroughly and hope you will too.
This simply bittersweet film has an amazing soundtrack. By the end, I was sobbing. A great movie overall, deserving of much praise.
My sweetie and I just loved it. We have the cd's and are learning all the songs. He is learning to play the songs on his Martin guitar and they sound wonderful....Give us more movies like this...
Every cretaive musician should own this movie.
Absolutely love this movie! It captures the whole Dublin busker experience with a remarkable bittersweet love story thrown in. Great date movie if your significant other is into music.
I don't get it. My girlfriend and I love music. And we're romantics. Supposedly. Yet we found this movie overhyped and languid in a way that doesn't call to mind anything remotely poetic. Terribly boring and with a musical accompaniment that was an astounding combination of the worst and most uninspiring parts of mid-90's yuppie folk I'd ever heard. The scene in the music shop was smile inducing, if not totally implausible and mildly corny. The withered ginger fellow needs to get a job and Tivo.
I just saw this movie on the plane and thought it was great! A real story about people and emotions. The music is truly touching and made me want to go out and buy the CD right away!
The plot and story line are a little lacking but the music is great. It has the feel of a low budget film and the actors are hard to understand (with their speech) at times. However, the songs, lyrics, and art of the music, which is the basis of the whole film, is what keeps you watching.
This movie is very different and inspirational. Once you listen to the music you will be hooked to the soundtrack. This movie is very fun to watch.
I didn't realize this movie is rated R when I purchased it. The rating is due to the language; mostly use of the F word. The acting is mediocre, the script is too, and so is the story line. The music, however, is quite special. I heard a song in a store one day, and I wanted to know what the song was. I found the song in this movie! The music is what this movie is all about.
My husband loved this movie. Very emotional and moving. The music is absolutely oustanding, guiding the direction of the movie. Opens up your heart and mind.
Not so good, bottom line, boring!