Release Date: May 16, 2007
Limited release

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Could you please let go of my hand?

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Position Staff In Brief
1/48 Kim Hollis A movie to be treasured. Celebrates the power of music to bring people together, and has a song in 5/4 time!
2/34 Dan Krovich Beautifully simple and romantic.
10/46 Les Winan Thoughtful and subtle, it's the rare movie musical that doesn't make me want to puke.
25/214 Max Braden The shaky camera work may be too indie for some audiences, and the songs too angsty, but this is a strong bittersweet romance.
26/50 Michael Bentley It's a bore at first, but finds its way into a nice, little budding romance musical.

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Once is a modern-day musical that takes place on the streets of Dublin. The story follows a busker (aka street performer) who makes the best living he can by playing guitar and working in his father's vacuum cleaner repair shop. One day, he meets a young woman who sells roses on the same street where he works. She's a Czech immigrant, and she tells him she likes his song. Coincidentally, she also has a broken vacuum cleaner.

It's not long before the pair is meeting up in a local music store. She can't afford a piano, but the owner of the store is kind enough to let her play his floor models. The two new friends begin to develop a musical connection and decide that they will record an album together.

The film stars professional musicians rather than actors. Glen Hansard, the frontman of the well-known Irish band the Frames and Marketa Irglova, a real-life Czech singer/songwriter, create the musical bond of the film. It was well-received when it played at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and promises to be a hit on the art house circuit. (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Once
Main Cast Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Director John Carney
Screenwriter John Carney
Distributor Fox Searchlight
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site http://www.foxsearchlight.com/once/
Rating R
Screen Count 2
Awards Awards page for Once
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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