To the outside world the Irish man (Glen Hansard) and the Czechoslovakian girl (Markéta Irglová) may appear like two lost souls, meandering in and out of a busy high street located somewhere in old Dublin town.
But they're not you know. Nah! Far from it. When these two people first bump into each other, they immediately share a common bond. A musical bond. And over the course of the following few days, they play, listen, and create, some really beautiful and personal melodies wherever life may take them.
Hey! Don't get ahead of yourself, pal. There isn't any funny business going on. Even though the Paddy might like to cash this Czech, she has an elderly Mother and a young kid to tend to. Furthermore, she has an estranged husband somewhere back home in Czech-land as well.
Still, this fact does not stop them from doing what they are currently doing -- forming a union of sorts -- which builds and builds and builds like a melodious crescendo of music and lyrics, which ultimately results in them both forming a band of their own.
Then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all plays a bum note in the love department. As songs are sung - studios are won - harmonies are twirled - and at the end of the day two lost souls finally find their place in this big bad world.
Over the last year or so I've been carrying out a series of interviews with the intention of showcasing independent movies and comic books to whoever wants to see them. Granted, some people have wondered why I have instigated this thankless task. Surmising that these types of productions don't deserve a place on a site that is entertainment driven and full of fun and mirth (kind of).
However, I find that by in large independent people are much more adventurous and creative than the norm. They don't adhere to formulas, edicts, or business minded acumen. What they do instead is freely express themselves in a way that is personal, earthy, and very charming to behold.
Overall 'Once' is just one magical movie. The music is exquisite. The acting is very natural and wholesome. Plus the general story is one that I've fallen in love with. Don't you agree, you foreign gits?
Ha! I take that as a 'Yes'.
THE RATING: A+