Sunday, 27 March 2011

Beautiful modern day musical: Once

Every once in a while I find a film that is just beautiful. Simply put, it makes you go all warm and fuzzy as you watch and after it's finished. Not in the cheesy loved up chick flick sort of way - but in the honest and heartwarming way a film based on character and realism mixed with just a hint of something extra sometimes manages.

Once is such a film. The last time I saw a film that did a similar thing was when I saw Before Sunrise (and then Before Sunset). This film is Before Sunrise with music. And such a beautiful soundtrack it is, sung by the two main leads of the film.

The plot revolves around a guy and a girl (they are actually credited as being called "guy" and "girl" to add to the anonymity of the characters) and centers on a guy who busks on the streets of Dublin and an immigrant girl who he meets. They become friends and start singing together after she shows her talents on a piano. He quickly makes it known how much he likes her but she is more reluctant to get romantic as she has 'responsibilities' in the form of a young daughter at home and a husband back home in her native country. As the film only spans one week, it is simply a snippet of their lives and how they impact each other in such a short period of time.

A modern day musical with beautiful songs and brilliant characters. Perfect.



LE xxx

RATING: 4 out of 5 FOBLES

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