Darwin's Film Club: Once

Can I recommend a film? You've probably watched it already, but I certainly took my time getting around to it, seeing as it is about an Irish musician.

'Once', starring Glen Hansard of The Frames, is so charming you'll fall for it from the first scene, where Glen's busker character gets humorously robbed (incidentally, the scene was shot with long lenses and a helpful member of the public kicked the 'robber' in the crotch).

It has a homemade, should I say 'cheap,' and naturalistic look. Shooting the whole thing came to roughly €100,000 (depending on who you ask) and so far they've raked in about $10M box office–nice going. Collecting the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance this year can only have helped the numbers.

Critical reaction has been overwhelming–it rates an unbelievable 98% at Rotten Tomatoes (only one tepid review, some guy thinks Glen is a 'caterwauling' Chris Martin knock-off!?!) and it is undeniably hard to find fault with the film in any way at all.

For anyone who's ever strummed a few chords, do yourself a favour, rent it, borrow it, download it, see it.