“Once” A film review

 By: Brock Lawley

“Once” is a film more touching and beautiful then it seems it should have the right to be. It’s a simple boy meets girl love story taking place before a cinematic backdrop of exquisite music making.  The film has everything. It is romantic and refined without sacrificing authenticity or a healthy romantic suspicion. It is complex but never abrasive, mellow but not a bore. The most exciting thing about this film is how gracefully it see-saws between movie making and songwriting, mixing music and good storytelling effortlessly.

 

Glen Hansard, lead singer of the Irish group the Frames, and Marketa Irglova, a young Czech musician deliver a performance of natural intimacy and fondness matched only by the music they create together.

I have not seen a film with such a genuinely touching human connection since Sofia Coppola’s award winning Lost in Translation (2003)

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