The film was shot in Belfast, London and Dublin in 2006, and tells the story of a group of young men who in the mid 1970s left the west of Ireland, bound for London, filled with ambition for a better life in a place where they could be kings. Thirty years on they meet to mark the passing of the youngest of the group. For some of them, those thirty years have been hard. The film is resoundly bleak but still is powerful viewing. It is released today so do consider it.
Also I would not be surprised if 'Once' made an appearance on a list of films which may garner a nomination come the Spring, particularly for Original Soundtrack. It has become the film that could Stateside, doing great business over there.