In the midst of summer blockbusters breaking records and packing theaters, a small, low-budget film about a guitarist in Ireland provides an emotional experience for audiences who discover it.
Once is story about a street-performer and a flower saleswoman that meet and fall in love. It’s simple, yet heart-warming, and the best film I’ve seen this summer. Something I never thought I’d say about a “modern-day musical.” The characters are simply referred to as Guy and Girl, but the acting/vocal performances stand out as something special.
Guy and girl meet on the street and eventually begin to communicate their unspoken love for one another through their lyrics. But unlike most musicals and most dramas, the story is rooted in realism. No one just randomly breaks into a song or dance number. And there is scattered humor to keep it light. But neither says, “I love you” to the other. At least not in English.
Some of the Irish accents are difficult to understand at times and the songs are a tad repetitive, but those are my only criticisms.
The problem, of course, is finding a theater near you. The film has slowly crept its way onto more and more screens, but still might be a ways. Do yourself a favor and make the drive, if it’s not too far. Or if you’re still skeptical about a musical (like I was) then you can hear some of the music on the official website.