From Singin’ in the Rain to Once, one of the most tried-and-true subgenres of cinema is the musical drama. And it looks like we’re in for a treat later this summer when Begin Again, previously titled Can A Song Save Your Life?, hits theaters. The film, from Once helmer John Carney, boasts a pair of truly magnetic leads in Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, along with a supporting cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Mos Def and James Corden. Now, a brief but enjoyable clip for the film has hit the web, highlighting the chemistry between Ruffalo and Knightley.
In the clip, which you can check out below, has-been record producer Dan Mulligan (Ruffalo) invites a talented East Village performer named Gretta back to his apartment so that he can hear her play. When it turns out, much to his surprise, that she doesn’t have a demo, their conversation turns to Gretta’s inspiration for playing music. “For my pleasure… for my cat,” she says in response to his question. “Oh really, does he like them?” He says, taunting. “She, yes, she seems to,” is her quick response:
It’s a quick but quite charming look at Begin Again, which is quickly turning into one of the movies I’m most excited to see this summer. The full story doesn’t come through in the clip though, so feel free to take a look at the complete synopsis below:
Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own.
Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.
Begin Again opens July 2nd.
Source: The Playlist