Wednesday, October 22, 2008

"Once" Smitten !

I don't know you
But I want you
All the more for that
Words fall through me
And always fool me
And I can't react

Victor Hugo said “Music expresses that which cannot be said, but about which it is impossible to remain silent.”

“Once” believes that statement with every fiber of its heart and soul, and its heart and soul are so pure, so warm, so loving, one cannot help but feel the man was right. Here is a movie that deeply explores the clichéd “girl-meets-boy” theory and renders it into an unprepossessing gem which is utterly magical.

A Dublin musician performs covers for the crowds by day and his own compositions to the empty sidewalk by night. However, a young Czech woman listens to his straining voice and discovers something that passers-by fail to hear. A Love Story!

I'm scratching at the surface now
And I'm trying hard to work it out
So much has gone misunderstood
This mystery only leads to doubt
And I didn't understand
When you reached out to take my hand
And if you have something to say
You'd better say it now

“Who did you write that song for? Where is she? Is she dead?” She asks. While the woman’s style lacked subtlety, it was not lacking in charm. And this brings together what is easily one of the most romantic movie couples of the decade.

This endearing association feature in a few duets, which could at best be described as poetry in motion-pictures. “Once” has some unforgettable scenes, especially the one that features the couple playing the piano at the music store, which leaves the shop owner completely in awe of the artists.

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won

“Once” is a movie that’ll remind you of Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise. A movie that creates romance by featuring the couple in no more than a peck on the cheek is definitely from Linklater’s School of Romance. It’s a movie that’ll make you want to believe it’s true. It’s a movie that’ll make you want to make a movie, write a song and sing it. Its soundtrack will make you want to get out on the road in in your pyjamas and bunny slippers and sing along as you savour its tunes on your iPod. And most importantly, the movie will make you want to watch it just “once” more!

Falling slowly sing your melody
I'll sing along


Anonymous said...

Adding this to my To-Watch list!

Sometimes that chance meeting with someone, when you can see the sparks flying but know it's only of the moment and do not for a moment doubt how far reaching its consequences can be(for better or worse) can be such an eye-opener. Perhaps it's not of the happily ever after' fairytale endings and it may never speak volumes of profundity to be savoured at length but it definitely makes for nice memories when the skies are grey :)

Sudhir Pai said...

nice comments, perf!