Once (2006)… upon a love song



My rating: 7

IMDB rating: 8.8

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907657/?ref_=ttmd_md_nm

Dearest reader,

“This is a very little film with a very large heart.”- San Francisco Chronicle

So finally I’ve watched this infamous film that people have been raving about since it first appeared in 2007. And I have to say that I am a little disappointed…

The film uses slow narrative, shaky cam and relatively unknown actors to tell the story of different heart breaks and its impact. What I should perhaps appreciate more about this film is the fact that it does not have the typical, over-romanced ending or even the star-crossed lovers idea, it is just a normal story about normal people dealing with love, poverty and work while actively pursuing their dreams in music.

Another new perspective that this film provide, is the fact that both the loves of the main characters are broken and the union between the two of them does not broker their love, but rather reinstates their love for this previous lover. This is a very different discourse to the usual, ‘happy-ending’ narratives that especially RoCo’s favour, because a new love would serve to extinguish the previous love.

Having said that, the music in this film is most amazing. The different songs and their contextual meaning within the film is clearly underlined. That man, Glen Hasard’s, voice is something spectacular to behold; he knows his voice and its limits and is therefore able to play with the sounds and pushes the music as well to be all that it can be.

Although this film can sometimes progress slowly, and I just do not like shaky cam, it is otherwise a film that is a real treat to watch and is highly recommendable

Want to read more on Once? Try these…

 Roger Ebert: Once

Once: Review





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