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Once – Glen Hansard (2007)

 


Once
Composer: Glen Hansard
This quiet romance is so understated, so delicate, that it takes quite a while for viewers to realise that it’s a musical. Still, the signs are there: the characters break into song at moments of high emotion, and somehow seem able to figure out one another’s melodies in advance to skate alongside them in harmony. It’s just that the central characters are both musicians, which camouflages it somewhat, and it’s all based around simple guitar chords rather than crashing orchestral compositions. If Guy Garvey were a musical, he’d be Once; this is a musical much more in keeping with the music we actually listen to than most. It also brought us one of the best Oscar moments in recent years (skip to 2mins), and spawned a successful Broadway musical that transfers to London this year – which is a happy ending for a small film with immense heart.

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