'Once' a little gem for director Carney

Irish cinema’s latest success is 'Once' (Icon, €24.99), now available on DVD.

Irish cinema’s latest success is 'Once' (Icon, €24.99), now available on DVD.

Glen Hansard plays a busker who meets up with street seller Marketa Irglova. They both discover a strong musical connection, but it’s the way the dialogue unfolds — mainly in song — that lifts the film above the ordinary.

Hansard, lead singer with The Frames, and Irglova are a revelation as the unnamed characters, and for director John Carney, whose film has deservedly won over US audiences, this is a little gem.

Drama

Star rating: 4/5.

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