movie thoughts: Once

This is probably one of the simplest and sweetest movies I’ve ever seen.  But not in a manipulative way, the way so many “touching” Hollywood films are, ‘Once’ is just beautiful.

My friend recommended it to me and I checked it out on a whim, not really knowing what to expect.  Like ‘Into the Wild’, it is not a normal “movie”.  It is just a telling of a short time in two people’s lives.  Not the epic rise or fall.  Not a passionate love story.  Not a story of anger or despair. 

He is a street musician.  She is a Czech immigrant, making just enough to get by.  They meet by chance.  They share a love of music.  They make music.  The end.

But it is beautiful music.  The “movie” is more of a collection music videos, but since it is relatively short, you don’t really notice.  It doesn’t pretend to be more than it is, which is what makes it so enjoyable. 

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