Mark and Elaine from The Honeymoon Period podcast join Flixwatcher to review Mark’s choice Once.
Once is a 2007 Irish romantic musical drama written and directed by John (Sing Street, Begin Again) Carney. It stars Glen Hansard as ‘guy’ and Markéta Irglová (in her first acting role) as ‘girl’, who ended up as a couple after working together and later performed together as the Swell Season.
Guy is busking on the streets in Dublin when he meets girl, a Czech flower seller who is attracted to his music and asks him about his songs. They go for a coffee and he tells her that he is also a vacuum repair man. The next day she returns with her hoover and reveals she is also a musician. They visit a piano store and she plays the piano for him. Despite trying it on with a desperate offer of “hanky panky” their relationship blossoms and they secure a loan to record his songs professionally.
Shot in a hand held style, on a budget of $150,000, Once was a surprise huge success and took $23.3 million at the box office and won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Falling Slowly’.
Recommendabilty for Once was pretty solid, it is impossible to hate on this charming little film that doesn’t go for the Hollywood ending. Remaining scores were very also strong, only slightly lower for repeat viewing, to give an overall rating of 3.96.
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