Begin Again

Comedy,Drama

Avoid this film like E.coli if your instinctive reaction to all things infectiously sweet and sincere is spontaneous toe curling Discuss this article

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Avoid this film like E.coli if your instinctive reaction to all things infectiously sweet and sincere is spontaneous toe curling. The director is John Carney, who made musical Once for pennies on the streets of Dublin. Here he repeats the formula with proper money and stars. Keira Knightley is Greta, an English songwriter in New York who’s just been dumped by her rock-star boyfriend (we know something’s up when he starts growing facial hair). Greta is singing a wrist-slitty break-up song at an open-mic night when she’s spotted by Dan, a washed-up record producer (Mark Ruffalo: arrest that man, he’s too charming). Together they make an album using the sounds of New York as a backdrop.

Begin Again in no way has the rough-around-the-edges ring of truth of Once – or the brilliant songs. And Carney can’t meet a cliché without tippy-toeing very close to it. But what makes it special is that it’s not another romance about finding a man. It’s about finding your people, about being a bit lost and not knowing who you are or what you want to be. And it’s got bucketfuls of charm.

By Cath Clarke
Time Out Doha,

Begin Again

  • Duration: 104
  • Released: Thu, 21 Aug
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: John Carney
  • Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine

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