Rent Once (2006)

3.6 of 5 from 376 ratings
1h 23min
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Once is the inspirational tale of two kindred spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin. One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his own songs. The other is a young mother trying to find her way in a strange new town. As their lives intertwine, they discover each other's talents and push one another to realise what each had only dreamt about before and work through their past loves and reveal their budding love for one another, through their songs. Once is their inspiring story..
, , Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick, Alaistair Foley, , , Danuse Ktrestova, , , , Niall Cleary, Wiltold Owski, Krzysztos Tlotka, Tomek Glowacki, Attila Kouvacs, , , Praghosa, Kate Haugh
John Carney
John Carney, Markéta Irglová, "Falling Slowly" song; Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Drama, Music & Musicals
Ireland, Drama, Music & Musicals

2008 Oscar Best Music Original Song

2007 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award Dramatic

Release Date:
Run Time:
83 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Commentary with Director and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • Musical Commentary with Director and Actor/Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Trailer Reel
Release Date:
Run Time:
87 minutes
  • Commentary and Musical Commentary with Writer/Director John Carney and Actors/Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • Making a Modern Day Musical Featurette
  • More Guy, More Girl Featurette

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Reviews (6) of Once

An Irish love Story? - Once review by CP Customer

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So, not a lot happens, and you have to listen to a number of songs all the way through, so you got to like the music.And length-wise it is more like a good Play of the Month. Those are the downsides. The positives,of which there are lots, start with the characters. All likeable,well acted in the sense that you think they are playing themselves, and a story which avoids all those american "cliches".And it is happy--the humour gentle and the two central players you care for and like--you want them to make the right calls, and for God to look down and take care of them. So take it out,enjoy it and think that there have been some interesting films coming out of the ould country recently-and this is up there as one of the nicest.

10 out of 11 members found this review helpful.

Musical Realism. - Once review by Steve Mason

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An extremely potent, emotional musical about the relationship between an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant (real life musicians, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova), set in Dublin. It's a love story; but they are in love with other people in other countries. The film details their loneliness, and the solace their brief encounter might bring. The two stars truly create a chemistry often talked about but rarely seen. It helps to like the music: if so, the scene when Marketa sings If You Want Me to her absent husband, walking back from the shops is heart-rending.

There is a wonderful simplicity about this film, which works because the director has a lovely eye for detail, creating an intimacy with his digital camera. Once evokes that special relationship that exists between musicians, and the different language they share, and it allows us to eavesdrop on the magic that they may find together in the studio. It's a film that couples the enchantment often found in musicals, with a realistic recognition of familiar sorrow.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

a lovely gentle film - Once review by OP

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I really loved this film it is beautifully filmed and the characters are quirky and great. Its small story but plays out wonderfully and the acting is a joy to watch

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.