History Film / Once

5th May '16 11:20:28 PM GoldenSeals
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Almost missed its Oscar due to the fact that parts of the soundtrack, including the winning song, were released on other albums by the same artists prior to the film being released. It was decided to give them their nomination (and inevitable award) anyway since though it technically broke the rules, the film had been in the can over two years by the time it was released, and Oscar glory had been completely outside their expectations. But let it be understood on no uncertain terms, this was far and away the favorite song of the year.

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Almost It almost missed its Oscar due to the fact that because parts of the soundtrack, including the winning song, were released on other albums by the same artists prior to the film being released. It was decided to give them their nomination (and inevitable award) anyway since though it technically broke the rules, the film had been in the can over two years by the time it was released, and Oscar glory had been completely outside their expectations. But let it be understood on no uncertain terms, this was far and away the favorite song of the year.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The Girl, probably due to the fact that it would be tough to make the painfully shy characterization from the film work well on stage.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The Girl, probably due to the fact that because it would be tough to make the painfully shy characterization from the film work well on stage.
20th Mar '16 9:12:44 PM vifetoile
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* GreekChorus: actors who aren't currently playing named characters (or characters with an identity, given that the male and female leads don't have names) take on this role in the meantime.

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* GreekChorus: actors who aren't currently playing named specific characters (or characters with an identity, given that the male and female leads don't have names) take on this role in the meantime.
5th Dec '15 10:10:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* MayDecemberRomance: A subtler version in that Guy is clearly older than Girl, but their ages are not specified.
5th Dec '15 10:09:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheNewIrish: Girl is a Czech immigrant in Dublin, no doubt to take advantage of the freedom of movement and labor after the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004.
5th Dec '15 10:09:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: Because the Guy DidNotGetTheGirl]].

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* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: Because BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Because the Guy DidNotGetTheGirl]].



* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl: Contrary to what is expected of quirky romances, Girl remains faithful to her estranged husband (who returns by the end of the film), and Guy leaves on a jet plane to win back his ex-girlfriend]].

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* [[spoiler: DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler: Contrary to what is expected of quirky romances, Girl remains faithful to her estranged husband (who returns by the end of the film), and Guy leaves on a jet plane to win back his ex-girlfriend]].



* [[spoiler:RaceForYourLove: Guy searches for Girl before he leaves for his flight to say his goodbyes, but ultimately cannot find her. Instead, he sends her a piano, which is what she has always wanted]].

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* [[spoiler:RaceForYourLove: Guy RaceForYourLove: [[spoiler:Guy searches for Girl before he leaves for his flight to say his goodbyes, but ultimately cannot find her. Instead, he sends her a piano, which is what she has always wanted]].
24th Nov '15 1:38:33 PM Glim
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* TeasingFromBehindTheLanguageBarrier: When the Guy asks the Girl whether she still loves her husband, she replies in Czech: "I love you", but coyly refuses to translate it.
17th Jul '15 7:42:15 PM missmoon
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* TheCastShowoff: Not just singing, but also composing. Nearly all of the songs were composed by the two stars. Hansard wrote 7 of the songs (8 if you count "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy"), Irglova wrote two, and two Hansard and Irglova composed together. "Falling Slowly" is the only song they both composed together and sang together in the film.
** The lead singer of "Gold" in this film is also its composer, Fergus O'Farrell.



* EnforcedMethodActing: The scene when Girl tells Guy [[spoiler: "I love you" in unsubtitled Czech]] was ad-libbed. Guy's look of confusion is genuine.
** The opening chase scene also qualifies; they shot without permits, so when the heroin addict runs off with Guy's money, a pedestrian wound up injuring the actor by trying to stop what he thought was an actual robbery.



* MayDecemberRomance: At the time of filming, Hansard was twice Irglová's age.

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* MayDecemberRomance: At the time of filming, Hansard was twice Irglová's age.A subtler version in that Guy is clearly older than Girl, but their ages are not specified.



* RealitySubtext / RomanceOnTheSet: Hansard and Irglová were indeed [[IncrediblyLamePun falling slowly]].
** They didn't last as a couple. They broke up in 2008 while touring as The Swell Season, although they remain friends. Their 2009 album ''Strict Joy'' is about the end of their romantic relationship.



* ThrowItIn: "Broken-Hearted Hoover-Fixer Sucker Guy" was just Glen Hansard goofing off between takes. Much to his surprise, it wound up in the final cut -- and the soundtrack.
** Irglová's line, where she says [[spoiler:"No, I love you,"]] in Czech, was also an ad-lib, and Hansard's look of confusion is genuine.



* WhatMightHaveBeen: Creator/CillianMurphy was originally slated to play the Guy and the Girl was supposed to be a little older than him. But John Carney had trouble finding an Eastern European singer/actress of the right age, so Glen Hansard (hired to provide the songs and anecdotes on being a busker) suggested Irglova (whom he was just starting to collaborate with). But when she was cast, Murphy backed out of co-starring with an unknown non-actor, so in desperation, Carney asked Hansard to play the Guy.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: Creator/CillianMurphy was originally slated to play the Guy and the Girl was supposed to be a little older than him. But John Carney had trouble finding an Eastern European singer/actress of the right age, so Glen Hansard (hired to provide the songs and anecdotes on being a busker) suggested Irglova (whom he was just starting to collaborate with). But when she was cast, Murphy backed out of co-starring with an unknown non-actor, so in desperation, Carney asked Hansard to play the Guy.

20th May '15 4:28:48 PM nombretomado
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''Once'' is a low-budget Irish movie about two musicians (Glen Hansard of The Frames and collaborator Markéta Irglová) who meet by chance and develop a relationship while writing and recording songs together. The film was made for 130,000 ($160,000 USD) and received significant critical acclaim for both its understated romance and for its music (no surprise, since Hansard and Irglová are professional musicians, not actors). The song "Falling Slowly" won the AcademyAward for Best Song.

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''Once'' is a low-budget Irish movie about two musicians (Glen Hansard of The Frames and collaborator Markéta Irglová) who meet by chance and develop a relationship while writing and recording songs together. The film was made for 130,000 ($160,000 USD) and received significant critical acclaim for both its understated romance and for its music (no surprise, since Hansard and Irglová are professional musicians, not actors). The song "Falling Slowly" won the AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Song.
10th Jan '15 4:35:53 PM Gergich42
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* UsefulNotes/TheNewIrish

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* UsefulNotes/TheNewIrishUsefulNotes/TheNewIrish: Girl is a Czech immigrant in Dublin, no doubt to take advantage of the freedom of movement and labor after the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004.
2nd Jul '14 10:09:58 PM TVRulezAgain
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* WhatMightHaveBeen: CillianMurphy was originally slated to play the Guy and the Girl was supposed to be a little older than him. But John Carney had trouble finding an Eastern European singer/actress of the right age, so Glen Hansard (hired to provide the songs and anecdotes on being a busker) suggested Irglova (whom he was just starting to collaborate with). But when she was cast, Murphy backed out of co-starring with an unknown non-actor, so in desperation, Carney asked Hansard to play the Guy.

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* WhatMightHaveBeen: CillianMurphy Creator/CillianMurphy was originally slated to play the Guy and the Girl was supposed to be a little older than him. But John Carney had trouble finding an Eastern European singer/actress of the right age, so Glen Hansard (hired to provide the songs and anecdotes on being a busker) suggested Irglova (whom he was just starting to collaborate with). But when she was cast, Murphy backed out of co-starring with an unknown non-actor, so in desperation, Carney asked Hansard to play the Guy.
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