Directed by John Carney
Well, that was definitely one of the most charming things I have ever seen. Even our resident hater of musicals, Ray, might have to praise this one.
An unnamed busker performs his original songs on Grafton Street, attracting the attention of a young Czech flower seller. After learning that he repairs vacuum cleaners for a living, she promises to return the next day with her broken hoover. They quickly develop a friendship and begin playing and recording songs together. Our male lead is clearly attracted to her, but is still nursing a broken heart from his previous relationship.
I just can't get over the song "Falling Slowly" which has been playing in my head since I watched this. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I want to share it with my sister, but she is such a wuss that she would probably declare it "too sad" and turn it off after five seconds. But I encourage others to listen to it as soon as possible (I'll post the video at the bottom).
I realized fairly quickly that this wasn't going to be the typical movie romance that ends with sprints through an airport and kisses in the rain. Still, I loved these characters and was completely invested in their happiness.
Overall, I was very impressed with this film, particularly because it was shot on a shoestring budget. I guess this proves that musicals don't always have to be Baz Luhrrman-level spectacles. All you really need is great music and a camera.
Steven Spielberg and Bob Dylan are both major fans of this film.
The Dublin street scenes were shot without permits, so many bystanders didn't know they were on camera.