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Begin Again

USA | 2013 | 101 minutes | John Carney

From the director of international sensation Once comes a soul-stirring comedy about singer-songwriter Greta (Keira Knightley), who after being dumped by her up-and-coming rock star boyfriend (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) catches the attention of a down-on-his-luck record producer (Mark Ruffalo).

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In 2007, Irish writer-director John Carney gave the world one of the best and most moving musical romances with the seminal Once. Although set on this side of the Atlantic, Begin Again sees the filmmaker rework his magic with a delightful cast and excellent soundtrack. Musician Greta (Keira Knightley) is full of aspiration and hope for her musical career—but it’s put in serious jeopardy when her successful boyfriend (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine) unexpectedly breaks up with her. Alone and lost in New York’s music scene, Greta forms a bond with a dejected record producer, Dan (Mark Ruffalo), who has his own share of problems. Trying to fix strained relationships with his daughter (True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld) and ex-spouse (Catherine Keener), Dan is down-on-his-luck and dubious when he meets Greta. But taking a chance on the young singer-songwriter might be the key to turning around and changing both strangers’ lives. Heartfelt and moving, Begin Again is a charming dramedy about friendship, passion, and resilience, featuring two winning performances from Knightley and Ruffalo. Complete with a fantastic soundtrack full of soon-to-be hits, Carney’s film proves that he understands and masters the soulful, powerful, and cinematic essence of music.

Director Biography

John Carney was born in Dublin, Ireland and began his work with film while shooting music videos for his rock band in the early '90s. Carney may be most well-known for his music drama Once, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award in 2007.

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Director: John Carney
Principal Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Hailee Steinfeld
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 101 minutes
Producer: Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust
Screenplay: John Carney
Cinematographers: Yaron Orbach
Editors: Andrew Marcus
Music: Gregg Alexander
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Rafters (2012); Zonad (2009); Once (2006); On the Edge (2001); Park (1999); November Afternoon (1996)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: The Weinstein Company
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