March 17, 2008

happy st. patty's day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone! Although I must say, it hardly feels like it, without a smidgen of corned beef or cabbage in the house. Natheless, I bring you a wee bit of Ireland today, with the film Once:

Finally saw this film just this weekend, although I can say I had heard of it before the Oscars. ;) If you're not familiar with it, it's an indie film released last summer that tells the story of two musicians who meet on the streets of Dublin. The title refers to those things we put off until "once" this or that happens.

A lot could be and has been said about this film, although I much of the film's beauty is in what is left unsaid. I really liked it. It had a simple, understated realism about it that I love in films - the same thing I like about Bella and Dear Frankie. The soundtrack is beautiful, lyrical without sentimentality. And I love Glen Hansard's and Markéta Irglová's wardrobes - but especially Hansard's. A cardigan, blue jeans and scarf - what more do you need?

Good stuff. Anyone else seen this film?


Polly said...

I"ve seen the first part on dvd and wanted to finish it, but was quite put off by the bad language--it will have to wait till the kids are absent. I always love an independent film, especially one that looks "real."

Kelly said...

Yes, Polly, I failed to mention that - it's rated R for language, but ONLY for language. I was willing to overlook it for myself, but I wouldn't recommend it for a younger crowd.

I hope you get to see the rest!

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen it yet; but I do remember reading about it awhile back (and filing it in that spot in my brain for "viewing later". lol!). I shall have to see if my library has it... sounds like the kind of film that would be perfect for me. ;)

Anna Allen said...

I really enjoyed that movie. Funny I am reading this right now and my brother is listening to the soundtrack and just finished watching the movie himself. Pretty music. Also I really enjoyed the Dear Frankie movie as well. SO cute.

Catching up with all this blogging. I have almost 300 blogs to catch up on! yikes! This is what happens when I go away for five days. whew!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED Once! It was so good! I even got the soundtrack! :)

Hope you are doing well!

andrealynn said...

I'm in LOVE with this film! And dare I mention how much more I love the soundtrack. He he seriously the cd never leaves my car stero! :P