Once DVD coverOne of the best-reviewed movies of 2007, Once is a modern musical that balances authenticity and sweetness with admirable finesse.  Beginning with little more than a guy, a girl, and a broken vacuum cleaner, the story deepens into a compelling tale of two musicians in Ireland who create a real connection and together decide to realize a dream.  The original soundtrack serves as a vibrant character of its own, intertwining the players in harmonies both powerful and heartfelt.  A particularly poignant collaboration is “Falling Slowly,” which just received an Academy Award nomination for best original song.  Once is written and directed by John Carney and stars the talented Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.  Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, it is a film well-worth seeking out more than just once.