Once 2006 ***

Now a successful Broadway musical, Once is a bittersweet romance set on the streets of Dublin, between a guy and a girl, both unnamed. Played by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, they are an unemployed musician and a young immigrant girl brought together by their love of making music. The tender nature of their relationship is engagingly caught by writer/director John Carney, with the image of the girl trailing her broken vacuum cleaner around the city summing up the whimsical but realistic tone. An Oscar-winner for best song, Once is an uplifting film about and for music lovers; Hansard is still touring today, playing his songs to appreciative audiences.


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