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.