Tiny Couch Review

Once, 2007

  • lucidunicorn
    lucidunicorn
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    On 08/05/2017 at 10:38 Quote this message

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    Once is a 2007 Irish indie musical romance film directed by John Carney and follows two musicians that meet and fall in love on the streets of Dublin.

    With it's minimalistic docu-style approach the story, plays off like a Before Sunset with all the intriguing characters and captivating dialogue. John Carney explores the world of struggling musicians with such truthfulness, that has us engaged with the love story unfolding before our eyes.

    Once has what many films lack and that's heart, the film though naturalistic and raw carries such warmth and heart that's portrayed through the original music and doesn't feel forced but more like we're watching a documentary about musicians having a jam session.

    The docu-style of the cinematography adds to the "visual album-esque" feel to it and avoids the "cheese" factor that most musicals have. The film's strong sense of music style compliments the visuals. The picturea sound and picture are so authentic . The songs pack a strong punch with the lyrics, with it's Oscar winning song "Falling Slowly" being popular back when it was released carrying lines like "I don't know you, but I want you, all the more for that..."

    A contemporary look into finding the right person but at the wrong time and having an ending that is real and honest, it will have you rooting for the characters even after the credits start to roll.

    This is one of my favourite films of all time (truth) as it helped me realize that cinema doesn't have to be extravagant with shiny glossy pictures and explosions but can be a small intimate look that examines human relationships and that's all the extravaganza you need. A nice small piece of low budget filmmaking.

    I recommend this to any film lover and trust me the music won't put you off but engage you even more along with the stellar performances of the two main leads portrayed by real life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.
  • Bongani
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    On 08/05/2017 at 11:16 Quote this message

    Struggling musician love story type of a thing?? I feel like the concept has been done many times. Even La La Land has a similar plot
  • lucidunicorn
    lucidunicorn
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    On 08/05/2017 at 12:42 Quote this message

    Lmao LA LA Land is a 2016 film and this a 2007 low budget indie (years apart), blah blah bland looks at two people wanting to make it as stars and once looks at people going through life and they happen to be musicians and watch the film before comparing films that probably exists in different spectrums.

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