Monday, October 15, 2007

Once



An Irish busker and an overburdened czech immigrant live in heavy shadows of relationships recently lost, the respect and affection they give and receive for one another's music yields more than they or we could expect. The diegesis of this film feels perfect (the natural light, very human-feeling camera work, cramped tiny spaces and crowded public spaces) for conveying the kind of unexpected and delightful intimacy that music (and art? and film? and love?) can bring.

++++1/2