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Once

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:28 pm
by Des
This must have slipped me by when it came out a few years ago but it was on TV the other night just as I was getting ready for bed and I was hooked from the start. Just a fab 'musical' about a busker who meets a Czech girl. Neither character is named, but the film follows the story of their relationship set to the songs of the busker. OK the music is sub-Coldplay but within the context of the film it packs a surprising emotional punch. A bitter-sweet, funny and wistful tale about life's lost opportunities and new beginnings.

Garth would hate it.

Re: Once

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:10 pm
by David Flower
i watched it a fortnight ago having recorded it. Excellent all round. Touching and credible. I thought the songs were pretty good actually, especially the way he had with metre and extending the lines beyond the obvious. He wrote them all . I still have one of them in mind, the one where he first plays with the girl in the music shop. Great scene, memorable melody. 'Take this broken ship...' What an original idea to have musicians who also act and play the music. I can't think of this being done before

Re: Once

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:00 pm
by NormanD
David Flower wrote:What an original idea to have musicians who also act and play the music. I can't think of this being done before
The Commitments, maybe? Director Alan Parker reckoned that it was easier to turn musicians into credible screen actors than the other way round, and that really worked well.

Ta for the tip on this one Des, I'll look out for it.

Re: Once

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 10:05 pm
by uiwangmike
The star of Once, Glen Hansard, was a member of the Commitments.
David Flower wrote:I thought the songs were pretty good actually, especially the way he had with metre and extending the lines beyond the obvious. He wrote them all . I still have one of them in mind, the one where he first plays with the girl in the music shop

That song, Falling Softly, won the Best Song Oscar. The film was a was a great word-of-mouth hit in Korea, and Glen Hansard and the co-star Markéta Irglová played concerts here.
Mention of The Commitments reminds me that I saw that film in Christchurch, one of the most friendly of cities.

Re: Once

PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 11:18 pm
by David Flower
Commitments of course! And there's a direct link too. Spooky. I was assuming 'Once' was a small indie Irish film we'd stumbled upon, then I bowl a googly and see that 1.5 million alone watched them doing this version on TV of the song that stuck with me. Oscar for best song ? blimey. For those who haven't seen the film, these are the very 2 actor/musicians who sing this song in the film , as if for the first time, as they play the 2 lead parts, having met on a Dublin street, fictitiously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=938XY6DX ... F6C5586728

and I didn't remember it that well. 'Sinking boat' rather than 'broken ship'. Close but no cargo. It's a great melody anyway. Works great in the film

Re: Once

PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:28 am
by Des
I have to admit I bought the DVD straight away after seeing the film on TV. It was also on the i-player for a week after.

Re: Once

PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:57 am
by gary booth
Thanks Des & David - I'll seek out the film. Here's another Irish lad with a great sense of melody. I can see how this is song might be too M.O.R. for some? But it works for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMnT5kOycQM

Re: Once

PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 2:40 pm
by garth cartwright
Rented and watched. Nice film. Very simple. Quite artless. I can't say I'm too keen on the songs but singer-songwriters are not really my thing. But as a drama about two ordinary people both struggling in their own ways it was very true to life. I once had a Czech gf and it reminded me so much of her, the dry humour, sweet singsong accent and me asking "what's Czech for...?" Thanks for the recommendation - I'd never even heard of Once before!

I wonder what the rest of the Committments are up to? That is definitely one of the best music films - up there with Harder They Come and 8 Mile as far as films about wanting to make music go.