'Once'

Watch

listen

 
Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in 'Once' i i

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard develop an easy, unassuming chemistry in Once. Fox Searchlight hide caption

itoggle caption Fox Searchlight
Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard in 'Once'

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard develop an easy, unassuming chemistry in Once.

Fox Searchlight

So this is how you make a low-budget musical these days! Forget tap-dancing cellmates and ersatz girl groups. Just start with a bearded appliance repairman (Glen Hansard of the alt-rock band The Frames) who spends his Dublin-streetcorner nights strumming his guitar and singing songs about the woman who done him wrong. Bring on a sweet young thing (Czech singer/songwriter Marketa Irglova) who needs her vacuum repaired, and who happens to play piano. Mix in a little backstory about her life as an immigrant, round up a few street musicians and a studio technician, and before you can say, "Hey, let's record a CD," you've not only got one, but a lovely little musical romance to boot. John Carney's direction is so unobtrusive, and his story so endearing, that you barely notice how smart the film is about character and structure. It seems almost a found object — sweet and unassumingly authentic. (Recommended)

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.