Once Movie Review Summary

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Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Once

Two musicians cross paths and fall in love while venturing on a musical partnership. "Guy" is a street musician in Dublin, and "Girl" is a flower peddler from Czechoslovakia, they meet and fall in love. Guy writes songs about his cheating ex who's now in London and Girl becomes a fan of his work. They bond over their love of music, and Girl's request to have her vacuum cleaner fixed, Guy's other profession. She is a talented musician herself, playing piano taught to her by her orchestra-member father back home. They jam in a music shop and instantly connect.
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Guy hits on her and asks her to spend the night, to which she refuses. Still their friendship continues, same as their musical exploits. Guy decides that he'll move to London to be with his ex, while producing a music demo to break into the industry. He enlists Girl's help who does a fantastic job of songwriting, collaborating, and assembling band members for the project. Along the way, they quietly fall in love, but Guy is disheartened when he finds out that Girl has a daughter, lives with her mother, and that she's married to a guy back in Czechoslovakia.

Nevertheless, they go on as if the new information isn't a big deal, and record and create more music. Girl then breaks the news that she and her husband are reuniting.

On Guy's last night in Dublin, he makes his big move and asks her to meet him later and spend the night. She says yes, but ultimately does not show up. Guy leaves for the airport but leaves Girl a goodbye gift, a precious piano delivered to her flat. Guy leaves Dublin, and Girl plays the piano, while her husband plays with their young daughter.
Best part of story, including ending: I love the haunting music and the simple love story without the happy ending. It's more realistic this way.

Best scene in story: The ending, when both the leads go their separate paths, not meant to be together.

Opinion about the main character: I get why Girl cannot be with Guy since she's married and all, but I don't get why Guy has to get back together with his ex who has no redeeming qualities.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

Script Analysis of Once

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   musician Married, fooling around?    -   Yes Fooling around    -   One Woman Two Men

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Irish


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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