First Trailer and Poster for John Carney’s BEGIN AGAIN Starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley [Updated]

     March 28, 2014


The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director John Carney’s (Once) new film Begin Again, which was formerly titled Can a Song Save Your Life?Mark Ruffalo stars as a washed up A&R man who discovers a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) soon after being fired, and the two set out to change each other’s fortunes for the better while crafting a unique concept album.  I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall where it was a bit of a crowd pleaser, and while I liked it well enough, the song’s aren’t really all that memorable and it falls quite short of Carney’s previous effort.  Nevertheless, Ruffalo and Knightley give a pair of swell performances, and Adam Levine is surprisingly strong as Knightley’s rock star ex-boyfriend.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Mos Def, Cee-Lo Green, and James CordenBegin Again opens in limited release on July 4th. [Update: We've added the first poster as well.]

Here’s the official synopsis for Begin Again:

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. 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.


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  • Aaron Sullivan

    This looks good to me. Maybe a bit simple. But how do distributors get swindled into releasing exclusive trailer debuts with such incredibly low quality garbage looking videos. This is really what you want our first impression to be? I can barely make out faces sometimes, much less expressions.

  • pwnednoob

    Looks Great! I loved Once. The only thing I have a problem with is I wish they would have got an actress who can actually sing instead of having Keira fake sing. (Unless I’m completely wrong and she is actually singing, but i doubt it).

  • Bo

    Jeez, this looks so fluffy that it’s about to float off in a light breeze. Nothing wrong with that I suppose…especially if fluff is your thing.

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  • Matt Sallusti

    This flic has some potential

  • Jamesy

    Loved once and Ruffalo’s great, I’d have preferred if they had an actress who could sing though, or had got an actress to sing live. If this is Keria Knightley singing then fair enough but I doubt it. Looks like a fun movie.

  • Matt

    This was a fun movie. And the crowd in Toronto really enjoyed it. Don’t understand why they changed the title though. :[