Movie of the Week: ‘Once’

AHFW’s Movie of the Week is a beloved Irish flick that we’ve seen several times!  “Once” (2007), starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, is an 86-minute arthouse musical that you might watch twice in one night.

“Once” (2007) –  Writer/director John Carney shoots his no-frills musical in dimly-lit rooms and on bustling Dublin sidewalks, while the audience follows a friendship and possible romance between Guy (Glen Hansard) and Girl (Marketa Irglova).  Guy suffers from a broken heart, and he can be often found crying out his songs on Grafton Street – including a stunning opening track “Say It To Me Now” – as a form of therapy…and to earn some bucks.  He’s a bit lost, but Girl might possess the right map, as they both support each other through the connection of music.  This film launched Hansard’s and Irglova’s international musical careers, and their duet “Falling Slowly” won the Best Original Song Oscar!  Yea, there’s a great chance that you will fall quickly for this magical film.

⭐⭐⭐⭐  out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image credits:Buena Vista International; Trailer credits: Movieclips Classic Trailers

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