Once (15)

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A sweet musical romance between a Dublin busker and Czech immigrant that turns a minuscule budget into a smart aesthetic choice. Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard ("Outspan", the orange-haired guitarist in The Commitments) make a lovely couple, but the overall effect depends largely on how Hansard's mournful singer-songwriter ballads strike you: for me, they're off-puttingly glad to be unhappy.