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.~Jason Buchanan
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)
Once is wonderfully unique and it contains some stunning music, but dramatically the film often feels inert and half formed, a series of vignettes rather than a well constructed story. Carney seems only too aware of these facts, given some of the comments he makes in his commentary and on the featurette included on this Blu-ray disc as a supplement. But there's a certain ineluctable charm to Once that helps it to overcome some of its flaws, and the music in the film acts as a soothing balm that washes over some of the rough corners on display in other parts of this outing. High definition can only do so much with limited source material, and that's the case with both the video and audio presentations here. With all these caveats in mind, Once still comes Recommended.
This is the director's 1st movie that I know of. The music is great!!! It is what's keeps the movie going esp. in the beginning where it is somewhat slow and a little undeveloped HOWEVER it gets very good once they go into a recording studio. I found the music much better than "Inside Llewyn Davis" (their song won the Academy Award) and it was more upbeat as well as the lead character much more likable! The music alone is worth the whole movie. I will look forward to more movies from this director as well as more music from the 2 lead characters!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Parts musical, documentary, and biopic
Pacing might be considered a bit meandering in this film, but the music and subtle but genuine performances and setting feel great. The music of course the film's heart and soul, and it's worth at least one watch simply to enjoy that :-)
Heard about the movie after a friend saw the Broadway Show and raved about the music. I liked the story and their dialogue for the most part. Some of it was hard to understand due to the strong accent. The insight into the music recording process was fun to see.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie, great performances
Such a great movie , Glenn Hansard is an amazing singer and performer. This movie has a lot of heart. You can tell it was made by musicians it, truly captured the creative and demo recording process in very subtle and concise manner and told a great simple story. Highly recommended!
Used to have it on DVD, but misplaced it somewhere. I'd been looking for it on blu ray, it was finally released in that format. I'd been trying to buy it, but it has been sold out every time I've tried to buy it.
Great movie, great soundtrack!