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.