Once is the story of a broken-hearted Irish songwriter who has dreams of making music but is stuck on a street corner singing his heart out to oblivious pedestrians. That is, until he meets an eastern European immigrant who shares his love of music and gives him the confidence to follow his passion.
Writing it out like that makes it sound simplistic and cliche, but it really is a great little film.
It's obvious that there was no budget, but it actually helps with the "struggling to realize your dreams" feel of it all. And it's all about the story. One of my favorite scenes is when "Guy" is talking to his dad in the kitchen and playing the recordings for him for the first time. Their conversations is perfect.
I also loved the way it ended. It brought a huge smile to my face. The music....the music is incredible...which I guess is the whole point. A soundtrack like that paired with the simple story of a guy meeting the right girl at the right time and going for it all stirs something within you that reminds you what life's all about.