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Once (2007)

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Drama, Music, Romance |

Once is a Irish romantic musical drama film written and directed by John Carney. The film stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová as two struggling musicians in Dublin, Ireland. Hansard and Irglová had previously performed music as the Swell Season, and composed and performed the film’s original songs.

Once spent years in development with the Irish Film Board and was made for a budget of €112,000. It was a commercial success, earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States, and received acclaim from critics. It received awards including the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film. Hansard and Irglová’s song “Falling Slowly” won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the soundtrack received a Grammy Award nomination.

A thirty-something busker (Guy) performs with his guitar on Grafton Street, a Dublin shopping district and chases a man who steals his money. Lured by his music, a young Czech flower seller (Girl) talks to him about his songs. Delighted to learn that he repairs hoovers, Girl insists that Guy fix her broken hoover. The next day Girl returns with her broken hoover and tells Guy that she is also a musician.

At a music store where Girl regularly plays piano, Guy teaches her one of his songs (“Falling Slowly”); they sing and play together. Guy invites her to his father’s shop, and on the bus home musically answers Girl’s question about what his songs are about: a long-time girlfriend who cheated on him, then left (“Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy”).

Director: John Carney

Writer: John Carney

Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley, Geoff Minogue, Bill Hodnett

Cast:

Glen HansardGuy
Markéta IrglováGirl (as Marketa Irglova)
Hugh WalshTimmy Drummer
Gerard HendrickLead Guitarist (as Gerry Hendrick)
Alaistair FoleyBassist
Geoff MinogueEamon
Bill HodnettGuy’s Dad
Danuse KtrestovaGirl’s Mother
Darren HealyHeroin Addict
Mal WhyteBill
Marcella PlunkettEx Girlfriend
Niall ClearyBob
Wiltold OwskiMan watching TV
Krzysztos TlotkaMan watching TV
Tomek GlowackiMan watching TV
Attila KouvacsMan watching TV
Sean MillerBank Manager (as Sean Millar)
Pat McGrathDrunk
PraghosaHari Krishna
Kate HaughBaby
Senan HaughHusband
Catherine HansardSinger at party
Pete ShortSinger at party
Fergus O’FarrellSinger at Party
Bob HobanShop Assistant Bogarts
Martina AkindojctimiPerson on Stoop
Ruslan MannanuPerson on Stoop
Francis UsangaPerson on Stoop
Prince Tylot KhumahoPerson on Stoop
Joe AdebePerson on Stoop
Bernard GibsenenShop Assistant
Paul ClarkeShop Assistant
Maire WalshWoman on Bus
Dave ClearyHost at Party
Keith ByrneGuy in Piano Shop

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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