Is this based on a true story? I'm not exactly sure, maybe, but right now, I'm too lazy to really see for sure. Bottom line, this musical's two stars are real-life husband and wife, with an eighteen year birthday difference, but the movie never mentions this. In Ireland, they meet one day and learn from one another's different musical talents and they start playing songs together that are impossible not to hear on the radio when you live in my house. I never really paid attention to these songs until now, when they are played on a piano and with a guitar that tells enough about the salary of Glen Hasard (who's name is never mentioned either.) And who would have thought that all these songs would originate from people who just met on the street?
I find it a little hard to believe that all the songs that are mentioned were actually composed by these two, but maybe they weren't. The thing is, their singing voices are so believable that I started to question it. I admitted that after a little while, I got a bit tired, stretched out, and closed my eyes for a moment, listening to the movie rather than watching it. But I was able to see, or hear it, in one sitting because it ends before it can get truly boring. The songs that may be a bit boring to some viewers are given some class and dimension making it into this film. I feel it was a little slow and a bit incoherent, which I guess is the point, so I'm probably not going to watch the movie again. But for a one-time film that can help you get sleepy and make country-jazz songs look a little cool, Once is the ticket. Glen Hasard and Marketa Irglova have real good chemistry to add to it. See it - Once. And it'll be good.