Once (again)

I watched ‘Once’ (2007) for the second time on Sunday night. It’s been haunting me ever since. I loved it the first time I saw it and continuously played the soundtrack.

I’m sure everyone knows about it, but if you haven’t seen it, I really recommend it. It’s an indie ‘modern musical’, set in Dublin on a low-budget, and features the original songs of Glen Hansard (The Frames) and Marketa Irglovia a Czech musician. Glen Hansard plays a broken-hearted busker, and Marketa a refugee I suppose, who sells flowers and the Big Issue and actually stops to ask him about his songs. A friendship blossoms once the guy realises that she is a talented pianist and singer. They collaborate. Things happen. It just about broke my heart, twice.

The song ‘Falling Slowly’ won the 2007 Academy Award for best original song, and the soundtrack won a Grammy.

It’s made all the more interesting because Marketa (who was 17 at the time of filming- she’s basically the same age as me!) and Glen began a relationship while filming. They are still in the band The Swell Season together, but they are no longer a couple. Aw.

*This video for ‘Falling Slowly’ is basically the whole film, spoiler alert*


I think it’s up there with Eternal Sunshine as one of my favourite films. It makes me want a different ending, fancy Glen Hansard, rush back to Dublin the city I love  and marvel at the intricacy of human relationships.


Author: Fiona


3 thoughts on “Once (again)”

  1. I love this film too. Sat transfixed when it ended in the theater years ago. That image of her pulling the hoover, weaving through the crowds . . . you’re right. The intricacy of human relationships set to music. Lovely.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Do you have a new look blog? I just got lost in some of your posts. Your writing is amazing and detailed, I could never write like that. I’m lost with my English degree and I’d like to work in books, too. I think we’d be great friends.

      1. Sorry for the delay, Fiona! I´m in Spain on holiday. Yes, I changed my blog to function more like a book, or collection, I guess. I thought the Table of Contents would be helpful. Do you find it confusing? I´m always looking to make it more user friendly; it´s a motley collection of pieces, no doubt.

        Thanks for your kind words regarding my writing. You DO write beautifully, by the way: your piece on your friend´s move to Australia was just lovely! x

        I´m sorry you feel a bit lost, but the English degree is invaluable in my (humble) opinión and things WILL come clear is my strong suspicion. Meanwhile, let´s indeed be friends. If there´s any way I can help, let me know. 🙂

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