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Once (2007)

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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.

Director:

John Carney

Writer:

John Carney
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glen Hansard ... Guy
Markéta Irglová ... Girl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh Walsh Hugh Walsh ... Timmy Drummer
Gerard Hendrick Gerard Hendrick ... Lead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair Foley Alaistair Foley ... Bassist
Geoff Minogue Geoff Minogue ... Eamon
Bill Hodnett Bill Hodnett ... Guy's Dad
Danuse Ktrestova Danuse Ktrestova ... Girl's Mother
Darren Healy Darren Healy ... Heroin Addict
Mal Whyte Mal Whyte ... Bill
Marcella Plunkett ... Ex Girlfriend
Niall Cleary Niall Cleary ... Bob
Wiltold Owski Wiltold Owski ... Man watching TV
Krzysztos Tlotka Krzysztos Tlotka ... Man watching TV
Tomek Glowacki 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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Taglines:

How often do you find the right person?

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Czech

Release Date:

15 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jednom See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The most expensive part of the entire shoot was the hiring of the crane for the final sweeping shot which cost £2,500. See more »

Goofs

During the montage towards the end of the film, when the Girl is playing her new piano, the Girl's mother is cooking and stirring something on the stove-top. However, if you look closely, there is nothing in the pan. The mother is stirring the air with a spatula to appear as if she's cooking something. 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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Soundtracks

And the Healing Has Begun
Written by Van Morrison
Performed by Glen Hansard
Published by Universal Music Publishing
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24 January 2007 | by papaskaSee all my reviews

This is a wonderful, fun and touching movie. At a screening at Sundance 2007 the director described it as a musical, and it really is. The primary actors are musicians and their songs tie the movie together and tie you to them. Although the primary cast aren't actors as a first profession, they are very natural together and the film flows very well because of it. Everyone involved in this film has a great passion for music, and it is very infectious. It is one of the few films I have seen in 7 years at Sundance that received a standing ovation.

From the Sundance film guide: "A Dublin busker, who ekes out a living playing guitar and repairing vacuum cleaners for his dad's shop, meets a young Czech immigrant who sells roses on the same street. She likes his song, and what's more…she has a broken vacuum cleaner! They soon find themselves playing music together in a nearby music store (since she can't afford a piano, the owner lets her play his floor models). Over the course of a week, they form a musical rapport and, newly inspired, decide to record an album.

Once may loosely be classified as a musical, but it has a refreshing vérité inflection. Conceived by director John Carney as a "video album," it sports a scrappy, unembellished naturalism. Carney took a risk in choosing professional musicians over professional actors, but Glen Hansard (of the well-known Irish band the Frames) and Marketa Irglova (a Czech singer/songwriter) are not only remarkably charming together but they're equally adept with the more melancholy shades (Hansard's lonely soul, stuck on an old flame; Irglova struggling to support a mother and daughter). Burdened and brokenhearted, their musical bond is the heart of the film and of their love.

Great music aside, what makes this film special is how little effort it seems to exert. If it's possible to be blindsided by simplicity--a light touch, Once does it." — John Nein


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