Yesterday Ken gave me a DVD called Once. It’s an Irish film that has won a bunch of awards including an Oscar for best music (plus it scores 97% on the Tomatometer), but I had never heard of it. I thought it was a brilliant movie.
60% of the words spoken are in song, so it’s been called a “modern day musical” (although nobody bursts into song mid-scene). It feels more like a documentary, providing a glimpse into how music and musicians are inspired. It’s also a love story (actually a forbidden love story), but as Ken pointed out when he gave me the movie, it doesn’t have all the drama that most Hollywood movies rely on.
The lead characters — “Guy” and “Girl” — are played by real-life musicians (and friends), and this is their acting debut. Because the whole story revolves around music, it feels really authentic.
Of course the music is great — have a listen to the song that won the Oscar: