Once

Once

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Director: John Carney

Cast: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh

     
 

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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 (See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
It would be easy to crush John Carney's warm-hearted Once with overpraise. It is a very small, very simple, immensely likeable movie that earns an audience's goodwill early thanks to a very winning performance by Glen Hansard. The film opens with scenes of the man earning money as a street singer, and his singing voice, as well as his sympathy for an addict who tries to rob him, make him an instantly engaging character. Thanks to a textbook "meet cute" involving a broken appliance, he makes the acquaintance of a woman (Markéta Irglová) who eventually becomes his collaborator on a series of songs and recordings that will help both of them realize their personal goals. The songs they create together are the center of the film, and tonally they fit the movie perfectly. They are very pretty, with simple repetitive declarations of emotion, although they lack real hooks -- they are like an earthier version of Damien Rice songs. The movie does not build to a false climax. There is no buildup to a gig that will break them into the big time, and although this is a love story, the movie does not hinge on a "will they or won't they get together" template that would drive most films like this. The simple ending provides a gentle poetic touch that underscores how well these two characters know each other, and what they have given to each other during their brief time together. Once is simply a straightforward account of a couple of weeks in these people's lives, a period of time they will only have once.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2007
UPC:
0024543477594
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
3,209

Special Features

Music & film commentaries by writer/director John Carney and actors/musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová; Making a modern day musical featurette; More guy, more girl featurette; Broken hearted hoover fixer sucker guy webisode (animated)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glen Hansard The Busker
Markéta Irglová The Girl
Hugh Walsh Timmy Drummer
Gerry Hendrick Lead Guitarist
Alastair Foley Bassist
Geoff Minogue Eamon
Bill Hodnett Guy's Dad
Danuse Ktrestova Girl's Mother
Darren Healy Heroin Addict
Mal Whyte Bill
Marcella Plunkett Ex-Girlfriend
Niall Cleary Bob
Witold Owski Man Watching TV
Krzysztos Tlotka Man Watching TV
Tomek Glowacki Man Watching TV
Attila Kouvacs Man Watching TV
Sean Millar Bank Manger
Pat McGrath Drunk
Praghosa Hari Krishna
Kate Haugh Baby
Senan Haugh Husband
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

Technical Credits
John Carney Director,Camera Operator,Screenwriter
Ron Coe Camera Operator
David Collins Executive Producer
Tamara Conboy Production Designer
Barbara Conway Makeup
Tiziana Corvisieri Costumes/Costume Designer
Noemi Ferrer Executive Producer
Robert Flanagan Sound Mixer
Tim Fleming Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Glen Hansard Score Composer
Maureen Hughes Casting
Markéta Irglová Score Composer
Riad Karim Art Director
Paul Mullen Editor
Martina Niland Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Once
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]

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