ONCE: a busker movie

Posted: October 4, 2009 in busking

I recently saw the movie “ONCE”, starring Glen Hansard as a busker on the streets of Dublin. Quite nice.
I’m glad I hadn’t read the plot description on imdb.com first, because it sounds a bit chickflicky: “A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.”

Overall it’s a movie that shows the ups and downs of playing on the street, being an undiscovered talented artist (that’s what all buskers think they are). The singer is ignored, underpaid, robbed and lonely. Pretty realistic.

A bit unrealistic is the fact that a busker seems to be able to get girls by singing heartbreaking songs about past romances. A feelgood story about a busker? What’s next? An Auschwitz musical? But hey it’s just a movie and I enjoyed it.

Thumbs up for the songs in this movie and I encourage buskers to play them, because I like the concept of “meta-art” (you know a busker playing songs that he heard an actor sing that played a busker).

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Comments
  1. RossK says:

    “….I like the concept of “meta-art” (you know a busker playing songs that he heard an actor sing that played a busker)…..

    Glad to hear it.

    Only one problem the ‘actor’, Glen Hansard has actually been a Busker for, like, forever.

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