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Cast: Alaistair Foley,Catherine Hansard,Glen Hansard

Producer(s): Martina Niland

Director(s): John Carney


Year: 2006

Rating: R

An (unnamed) Guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer-songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An (unnamed) Girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets Girl, and they get to know each other as the Girl helps the Guy to put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the Guy and the Girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs.

What hit me so hard about this film is it's a simple story about two very simple people that meet by chance and form a bound that grows into something much more than that, a story that is down to earth and that we can all relate to. The two leads aren't actors as a first profession but they look like they been in a lot of movies together, great chemistry between the two really make the film work. But what really ties the movie together and makes you a part of the characters is the music, it is the main piece and great music it is. Filmed in only 17 days on a very little budget, Once shows us just how a film can touch us long after it's over without a big Hollywood cast or cgi effects. This is not only a must-see film but a must own DVD as well, this will be one film you can't wait to tell your friends about. I expect this to me a huge success on home video and cannot recommend this movie enough to anyone that loves good cinema. Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****

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