A sibling of two-stranger love stories like LAST NIGHT, LOST IN TRANSLATION and QUIET CITY, this film manages to tug at the heartstrings without taking any of the obvious shortcuts we're used to in conventional romances.
This year we were treated to a haunting yet understated film about the bonds people form around a common passion, regardless of the circumstances that would otherwise keep them apart.
ONCE is a modern Irish folktale about a struggling street musician (an unnamed character, played by Glen Hansard) and a Czech immigrant (also unnamed, played by Markéta Irglová) and the magical week they share writing, performing, and recording the music of their lives.
On one level it is a film about a man corrupted by greed, on another a commentary on American values with respect to family, religion, and capitalism.
The result is a film that flows magically yet seems less contrived than many other films in which serendipity plays an obvious role.
Few documentaries put me on the edge of my seat; PROTAGONIST is one of them.
As it examines the conflicting loyalties of the characters and their beliefs, it chronicles Wiesler’s change of heart as he becomes more and more drawn in to the lives of the couple he is assigned to observe. Set and shot on location in West Texas it lovingly tells the story of what happens to some small town folk who find themselves in one heck of a mess.The main characters are a regular guy, a sheriff, and psychopath with a very strange haircut. is a brilliant film in which four men – a bank robber, a terrorist, an ex-gay evangelist and a martial arts expert - tell their life stories in chapters arranged according to themes in the plays of Euripides.Both mysterious and fun, scary and poignant the film is an adaptation of a book by Cormac Mc Carthy. It’s like those old Reeses' PB Cup ads – 'You got your Cormac in my Coen Brothers! The film is a shining example of how good writing and creative visual design, combined with great personal stories, can produce dazzling entertainment.Filmmaker Jessica Yu has scripted the film to a great degree and her interviews were certainly carefully planned.More realistic than a classic musical and with a more narratively-integrated score than previous films about music, ONCE will undoubtedly be the standard to which a new breed of film aspires.- oversleep and nearly miss their chance to play at their high school's year end talent show. In the meantime these four girls shop together, share meals, and forge a bond tempered in the crucible of rock-and-roll. - From the opening scene of Stasi agent Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) giving a lecture on interrogation methods in early-1980s East Berlin to the ill-fated climax and the bittersweet, present-day epilogue, “The Lives of Others” (Das Leben der Anderen) is a gripping drama.