This film feels like an album brought to life, detailing the story and inspiration behind the songs in this tale of unrequited love between an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant that unfolds in an organic way that feels completely real and the songs provide a voice to the feelings and emotions of the characters that they cannot express normally.
Musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova both give natural performances and have a genuine chemistry that lifts the film to rise above what could have become a stereotypical romance.
84 minutes of feelgood film that you'll definitely want to watch more than Once (sorry).
Top 5 Songs That Were Robbed of the Best Song Oscar
Falling Slowly won the Best Song Oscar in 2007 but poor Marketa was robbed of the opportunity to say her thank yous by an over-zealous band and a production team running over, and what followed was one of Oscars sweetest moments as host Jon Stewart brought her back on stage later on to say thanks. Speaking of injustice at the Oscars, here are five songs which deserved to win over the bland generic winners. Stupid Academy!
1. Blame Canada from South Park: The Movie
What did win? You'll Be In My Heart by Phil Collins from Tarzan
2. The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis And The News from Back To The Future
What did win? Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie from White Nights
3. Ghostbusters from Ghostbusters
What did win? I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder from The Woman In Red
4. Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon from The Spy Who Loved Me
What did win? You Light Up My Life by Joseph Brooks from You Light Up My Life
5. Listen from Dreamgirls
What did win? I Need To Wake Up from An Inconvenient Truth