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
There's an unconfirmed fan theory that the unnamed character "Guy" in "Once", may actually be the same character as "Outspan Foster" that Glen Hansard earlier played in Alan Parker's version of "The Commitments". This plausible theory is based upon Glen Hansard's last scene in The Commitments (1991) where he is seen busking in the streets of Dublin. In the opening scene of Once he is also seen busking in the streets of Dublin. Using movie logic, it can legitimately be implied it is the same character, as its a massive coincidence otherwise. See more »
In the recording studio, at the end of the first song, the boom mic is clearly reflected in the glass behind the Girl. See more »
At the persistent urging of a friend, I saw "Once".
Rarely am I compelled to write a comment about a movie, let alone yearning to see said movie again - immediately.
I have this sinking feeling that "Once" won't be around much longer in theaters (God knows, we need every available screen for "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry") so give yourself a treat: go see it!
Be warned...you may be so affected you'll buy the soundtrack, check out all the related YouTube videos and won't be able to get it out of your head.
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