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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


I finally got the chance to see Once. I had to wait for it to come out on DVD because I could not find it in any of the theaters around my house. Simply put, Once is one of the best movies I've watched in a very long time. It is a beautiful movie with very realistic and touching moments. It does not insult the intelligence of viewers like other movies do. It easily engages you in the everyday struggles and hopes of the protagonists. Once is not your type of a Hollywood blockbuster; it is a low-budget, Irish musical that will surely leave a sweet taste in your mouth.

Without disclosing too much details, the movie evolves around the world of two people who randomly meet one night in the streets of Dublin. A guy and a girl (we don't even get to know their names which I found very endearing) bond over music. They guy (Glen Hansel) is a struggling musician who earns his living by fixing carpet cleaners in the morning and singing in the streets in the evenings. The girl (Marketa Irglova) tries to make ends meet by working two jobs to support her mother and baby daughter. Through a lovely encounter, the girl, who likes music and knows how to play piano, agrees to help the guy put his songs into a record. The story goes on from there.

One of the best highlights in the movie is the music. It is true, rugged, and heartfelt. Hansel, the seasoned leader of one of my favorite bands, The Frames, and Irglova did a terrific job singing some of the most inspiring songs I've ever heard.

The movie has a harsh and sad feel about it, specially with the scenes in the dreary streets or the gloomy rooms. I rarely cry when I watch movies, but to my great surprise, I had to fight tears through some of the scenes. It also has its charming and captivating moments that will make you laugh. The Irish accent can be a bit hard to follow; nevertheless, it adds charm to the movie.

Definitely one of the top 10 movies this year. Here is the trailer:


Maher said...

Sounds like a good one.
i like these types of movies.

Lulu said...

Yes, it is a beautiful movie. Worth checking out.


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