Once, 115 min
dir. John Carney
There is a lot more going on in John Carney’s Once than meets the eye.
You can’t be anything but glad this film became a success. It’s a fun look at the artistic process, the music is great, and it’s awesome that a small little project like this can captivate as many people as it did.
It stars two extremely natural actors in Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Hansard is the well-known lead singer of the Irish band The Frames. They are a great band but there is something about a passion for a 19 year old woman that can inspire a man to write the best music of his life, and Hansard did it with their side project The Swell Season.
Cillian Murphy was originally slated to play Hansard’s part, which would have been absolutely horrible.
“Everytime” — The Swell Season (mp3)
As we said, there’s a lot to love about this movie, although it ultimately hinges on one emotional note–desire for one person and the possibility of it
Hansard, Irglova, & Carney.
“If You Want Me” — The Swell Season (mp3)
“This Low” — The Swell Season (mp3)
“Falling Slowly” — The Swell Season (mp3)
You can’t help getting a little absorbed in the love story because these two have incredible chemistry and are both so terrific, the desire to see them get it on is strong in you, Luke.
The small town Irish people are great, as is the sense of the culture. It probably wouldn’t be as interesting in Ireland, but that’s OK. It probably wouldn’t be interesting if she weren’t beautiful and if Hansard wasn’t such an incredible singer. They nailed it, there’s no need to say why the script doesn’t much work. That’s not the point. The music video segments are extremely strong, especially the ones that feature Marketa, the duet in the music store, and the solo walking the streets. She’s the real star here; while Hansard is a talented songwriter, she’s gorgeous, young, and a terrific actress. I could see her being the Czech Claire Danes.
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