An unnamed guy is a Dublin guitarist/singer/songwriter who makes a living by fixing vacuum cleaners in his Dad's Hoover repair shop by day, and singing and playing for money on the Dublin streets by night. An unnamed girl is a Czech who plays piano when she gets a chance, and does odd jobs by day and takes care of her Mom and her daughter by night. Guy meets girl and they get to know each other as the girl helps the guy put together a demo disc that he can take to London in hope of landing a music contract. During the same several day period, the guy and the girl work through their past loves, and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Written by
The Dublin street scenes were recorded without permits so a long lens was used. Many passers-by didn't even realize that they were being filmed. The long lens also helped the non-professional actors relax and forget that they were on camera. See more »
When the girl is walking back to her apartment from the store during the song "If you want me", the crews' shadows are clearly visible multiple times in the sequence. See more »
I own a movie theater on Cape Cod and recently saw this film on two
occasions at the New Directors Film Festival in NYC. I met John Carney
ten years ago at the Golway Film Festival where I was part of a team
which was reviewing film projects. John had a five minute clip of a
feature he was working on "November Afternoon". I stayed in touch until
he finished the film. He sent me a tape it just blew me away. "Once"
like "November Afternoon" is a unique film experience. The low budget
feel fits the story and the music blew me away. He captures a small
slice of Dublin Life, spent the summer there in 69, that seems so real
and honest. Glen and Marketa bring great strength to this story and a
realism that is seldom seen in American Cinema. If you want to get in
the mood for this movie then get a copy of Glen and Marketa CD "The
Swell Season" five of the songs are in the movie.
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