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  Once Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
7.83 /10
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova,

Directed by: John Carney
Written by: John Carney

Released: 2006
Origin: Ireland
Colour: C
Length: 85

Once Is more than enough.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Never trust a movie in which the central characters donít have names. Once is a sweet-natured, undemanding romance about a middle-aged, broken-hearted busker called The Guy (played by Glen Hansard, pictured right) who meets a young eastern European called, unsurprisingly, The Girl (Marketa Irglova, left). They find a common interest in drippy folk-rock. They almost become romantically involved, andÖ er, thatís it.

Underwritten characters, an underdeveloped plot and songs that donít punch their weight are the flaws in this likeable but primitive effort by Irish writer-director John Carney. It won an audience award at Sundance, which is not necessarily a recommendation.

It strives for the same effect as Before Sunset, but it has nowhere near the same wit. It will be liked most by people who routinely praise under-budgeted films and feel that writers such as Richard Curtis do too much work for the audience, in terms of characterisation, plot and dialogue.

Me, I think that films such as this are only half-written, if that. I much preferred Music and Lyrics, which covered similar ground with style, wit and far superior songs, which also had the saving grace of knowing that they were disposable pap.

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