“Once” – a must see movie January 23, 2008Posted by Peter Hornby in movies, music.
Lorraine was in the video store (I wonder why I still call it that) a couple of days ago and picked up a movie which she’d seen on one of the LA Times movie reviewers top ten lists. It also jumped out at her because we both like movies with strong musical content. The movie was “Once”, and we loved it.
The story is simple enough. A Dublin street musician meets a Czech girl who plays the piano, and they get together to make a demo. There’s not much more than that. But, good grief, the music! Both the leads are professional musicians. Glen Hansard is a singer/guitarist with The Frames, a long-lived Irish rock band, and Markéta Irglová is a singer and songwriter on the Dublin scene. The two of them wrote most of the songs in the movie (and since it’s a movie about their musical experiences, you get to see and hear full performances) and they’re just spectacular. Hansard is a magnetic, committed personality with a powerful, emotionally rich voice, and Irglová is a perfect foil, gentle, vulnerable and sweet. The songs are strong, complex and gripping, and they’re circling my brain as I write this.
I hope you like it as much as we did.