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Once (2007)

A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.

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Guy
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Girl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh Walsh ...
Timmy Drummer
Gerard Hendrick ...
Lead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair Foley ...
Bassist
Geoff Minogue ...
Eamon
Bill Hodnett ...
Danuse Ktrestova ...
Girl's Mother
Darren Healy ...
Mal Whyte ...
Bill
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Ex Girlfriend
Niall Cleary ...
Bob
Wiltold Owski ...
Man watching TV
Krzysztos Tlotka ...
Man watching TV
Tomek Glowacki ...
Man watching TV
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Storyline

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 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. Written by Charles Delacroix

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How often do you find the right person?

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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15 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€180,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,901, 20 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,439,923
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1.85 : 1
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The Dublin street scenes were recorded without permits so a long lens was used. Many passers-by didn't even realize that they were being filmed. The long lens also helped the non-professional actors relax and forget that they were on camera. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is walking back to her apartment from the store during the song "If you want me", the crews' shadows are clearly visible multiple times in the sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heroin Addict: Fuckin' deadly you are, man.
Guy: Don't fucking... don't fucking go near that case.
Heroin Addict: What? I'm just tying me laces, man.
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Connections

Referenced in Mixxxer Show: Rapper Ego (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Song Without Words (Venetian Boat Song, Op.30, No.6)
Composed by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Performed by Markéta Irglová
Public Domain
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Excellent, gorgeous story
26 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have to say I loved this film. I went to see it with a Japanese friend, and she loved it too.

So the plot wasn't full of 'save the world' ambitions and the good guy wasn't a millionaire playboy, but who cares? It was a gorgeous straightforward film about two people meeting at a certain time in their lives.

I read a quote recently about someone who'd seen the movie and came out wanting to hug everyone they met - and I totally agree. I cycled home humming the tunes and feeling like I haven't felt from a film since seeing 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. I know, I know - totally different films - but the zen-like feeling after seeing them both...

From a Dublin dweller, it was fun to watch the geography, as the film makers played with the locations in that certain venues were on the same street - yet it looked like the actors had to walk through town to get to them. It definitely hindered the 'who do I know in the public street' shots moments! But was interesting, as helped make Dublin be a different city to what the residents would be used to.

My recommendation is to just go and see it if you're on for seeing something uncomplicated, feel-good without being too mushy, comedic moments that everyone can relate to and some singer-songwriter music thrown in.


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