Once in a blue moon I cover a narrative film. For context, here’s a list of the few I’ve covered:
Tell No One (French, 2006)
An Angel at My Table (1990)
Gaby: A True Story (1987)
Mostly Martha (2001)
What’s In A Name? (French, 2012)
I discovered John Carney’s Begin Again on Netflix. It stars the ubiquitous James Corden, Keira Knightly, and Mark Ruffalo—with support from Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and Adam Levine. Ruffalo plays a way-down-on-his-luck music producer; Knightly, a broken-hearted singer/songwriter; and Corden, her scene-stealing friend.
Begin Again is a sweet story of redemption—lovingly smothered with great music. In addition to the story’s simplicity, I was inspired by the exquisite production quality and the actors’ standard-bearing performances. Carney is a master at exploring and capturing the richness of poignant moments.
You may find the film on Showtime, Netflix, and online sites that sell old-fashioned discs.
P.S. Oscar winner Carney is also the writer/director of Once (2007). His latest film, Sing Street, was released this year.