We finally rented and watched Once the other night. This independent, modern musical takes place  in Dublin over the period of a week. I know the word musical conjures all sorts of images of awkward songs exchanged between characters, or scenes of group dancing (all of which I enjoy), but this film is different; the music, which is beautiful, naturally and authentically tells the stories of both main characters, each struggling in their minimal existence. It inspires, heals, and propels them when they both needed it. It’s a short film that’s shot mostly with a handheld camera (might make you a little dizzy at times), but it’s simple, real, and completely believable. It is slow at some points, but in my opinion, completely worth watching.