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Film Date :   March 23, 2007
Genre :   Romance Melodrama   
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Onceis a 2006 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney . Set in Dublin , this naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard (of popular Irish folk rock band The Frames ) and Markéta Irglová as musicians. Collaborators prior to making the film, Hansard and Irglová composed and performed all of the original songs in the movie.

Shot for only €130,000 ( US$ 160,000),the film was successful,earning substantial per-screen box office averages in the United States.It received enthusiastic reviewsand awards such as the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for best foreign film. Hansard and Irglová's song " Falling Slowly " received a 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song and the soundtrack as a whole also received a Grammy nomination.

Oncespent years in development with the Irish Film Board. It was during a period where the film board had no chief executive (for about 6 months) that the film was given the go-ahead by a lower level executive on the proviso that the producers could make it on a budget of approximately 150,000 euros and not the initial higher budget.

An unnamed, thirty-something Dublin busker (listed in the credits as "Guy", played by Glen Hansard ) sings and plays guitar on Grafton Street , a Dublin shopping district. He struggles with the trials of performing on the street, including chasing after a heroin addict (Darren Healy) who attempts to steal his earnings. Lured by his music, an unnamed young Czech immigrant flower seller (listed in the credits as "Girl", played by Markéta Irglová ) approaches him and, despite his annoyance, persists in questioning him about his songs. Delighted to learn that he also repairs vacuum cleaners in his father's shop, she insists that he fix her broken cleaner.

The next day she brings her Hoover by and parlays it into lunch together, whereupon she piques his interest by telling him that she is a musician, too. He asks to hear her play, so they visit a music store where she regularly plays piano . After teaching her one of his songs (" Falling Slowly "), which she quickly learns to play, they sing and play the song together, kindling a musical and potentially romantic connection. He invites her and her ailing vacuum back to his father's shop, and on the bus home musically answers her question as to what his songs are about: a long-time girlfriend who cheated on him, then left ("Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy").

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