Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Once

  • John Carney /
  • Ireland /
  • 2006 /
  • 88 mins

Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova, Hugh Walsh, Gerry Hendrick, Alastair Foley, Geoff Minogue, Bill Hodnett, Danuse Ktrestova, Darren Healy, Mal Whyte

The low-budget Irish charmer that stole away the Audience Award at Sundance 2007.

On the streets of Dublin - Grafton Street, to be precise - a careworn busker (Glen Hansard) strikes up a friendship with a sparky young Czech immigrant (Marketa Irglova). He's nursing a broken heart and stalled ambitions; she's getting by on cleaning jobs and chutzpah. As their relationship evolves, writer/director John Carney weaves Hansard's gorgeous self-penned songs into the narrative, where they fit so naturally that you hardly notice you're watching a musical. No show-stopping routines here: just a seamless fusion of music and storytelling. Anchored by marvellous performances from acclaimed musician Hansard (last seen onscreen in The Commitments, to which this could be an unofficial follow-up) and gifted pianist Irglova, this has a gutsy grace that's all its own.

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